As the 46th overall draft pick in 2009, Danny Green made his NBA debut. He is a small forward who has captured three NBA titles throughout his career.
Green was born in New York in 1987. He first attended North Babylon High School before switching to St. Mary’s. By the time he graduated from high school, Danny Green had established a solid reputation for himself. In his senior year, he averaged 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, and in 2005, he was named a McDonald’s All-American.
Green attended the University of North Carolina after establishing a reputation there, where he started as the sixth man in his first year. He committed to working at UNC for the entire four years before declaring for the NBA draft. The only North Carolina Tar Heel with 1,000 points (1,368), 500 rebounds (590), 200 assists (256), 100 blocks (155), and 100 steals is Green (160).
NBA career of Danny Green
The Cleveland Cavaliers dismissed Green after just 20 games after selecting him in the 2009 draft. After that, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2010, made two trips to the D-League, and then rejoined them in 2011.
In order to become the Spurs’ go-to three-point shooter, he improved as a crucial perimeter defender and refined his shooting technique. With 27 made three-pointers during the 2013 NBA Finals, Green beat Ray Allen’s previous mark for the most threes made in a single NBA Finals series.
In the 2016 Finals, Steph Curry improved upon this record. Green spent seven seasons with the Spurs before being moved, along with Kawhi Leonard, to the Toronto Raptors. In his first year in Toronto, he had great success, and his knowledge helped the franchise to incredible heights.
As they had a strong run to the 2019 Finals, where they defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games, his three-point shooting proved to be very valuable to the squad.
In 2019, Danny Green accepted a two-year offer from the Los Angeles Lakers and signed with them. He helped the Laker club win the Western Conference the year after a disastrous debut season.
In addition, the Lakers won the 2020 title, making Green and teammate LeBron James the third and fourth players after John Salley and Robert Horry to win three championships with three different teams.
Then, in the 2020 offseason, the Lakers acquired Dennis Schroder in exchange for Danny Green and a first-round lottery selection. Later, as part of a player trade, OKC sent Danny to the Sixers.
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