Danny Green (basketball)

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Danny Green
Danny Green warmup 20090930-6121.jpg
Green with the Cavaliers
No. 4 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 26)
North Babylon, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Babylon (North Babylon, New York)
St. Mary's
(Manhasset, New York)
CollegeNorth Carolina (20052009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010Cleveland Cavaliers
2010Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2010San Antonio Spurs
2011Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2011–presentSan Antonio Spurs
2011Austin Toros (D-League)
2011Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Danny Green
Danny Green warmup 20090930-6121.jpg
Green with the Cavaliers
No. 4 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 26)
North Babylon, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Babylon (North Babylon, New York)
St. Mary's
(Manhasset, New York)
CollegeNorth Carolina (20052009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010Cleveland Cavaliers
2010Erie BayHawks (D-League)
2010San Antonio Spurs
2011Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2011–presentSan Antonio Spurs
2011Austin Toros (D-League)
2011Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Daniel Richard Green, Jr. (born June 22, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), 210 lb (95 kg) shooting guard / small forward from the University of North Carolina, where he played in more games (145) and had more wins (123) than any Tar Heel before him. Green is also the only player in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals.[1] He won the NCAA men's basketball Division I national championship in his senior year at UNC. In the 2013 NBA Finals, Green set the record for most three-point field goals made in a Finals' series.

High school career[edit]

In his freshman year Green attended North Babylon High School in North Babylon, New York on Long Island. While there, in addition to basketball he played quarterback on the freshman football team.[2][3] Starting his sophomore year Green attended St. Mary's High School, a private school, in Manhasset, New York. He averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks as a senior and 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks as a junior.

College career (2005-2009)[edit]

Green was the sixth man in his freshman year at the University of North Carolina. In his sophomore season he averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds.[4] Green considered transferring after his second year at North Carolina.[5] After staying, he improved his scoring average in each of the next two seasons.

In his junior year he averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game.[4] He also improved his true shooting percentage (TS%) significantly, increasing his field goal percentage to 46.9% and his free throw percentage to 87.3%. He shot 37.3% from the three-point line.[4]

Approaching his senior season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent so that he had the option to return to school, which he decided to do on June 16.[6] In his senior season he averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game.[4] He again improved his shooting percentages, averaging 47.1% and 41.8% from the field and three-point line respectively.[4] In his senior year, Green was selected to be a member of the ACC's All-Defensive Team. He was also named as a team captain along with Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough.[7]

Achievements at UNC[edit]

College career highs[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-2010)[edit]

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Green as the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. After playing in 20 games in his rookie year, the Cleveland Cavaliers waived Green at the beginning of the next season.

San Antonio Spurs (2010-present)[edit]

Green was subsequently picked up by the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2010.[8] The Spurs waived him six days later after he appeared in two games.[9] In January 2011, Green was acquired by the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. He averaged 20 points, a team high, and 7.5 rebounds in 16 games with the Bighorns.[10] The Spurs signed Green again in March 2011,[11] assigned him to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League on April 2, and then recalled him on April 3.[12]

In August 2011, Green signed a one-year contract with KK Union Olimpija, which included an NBA-out clause option when the 2011 NBA lockout ended.[13] Green returned to the Spurs after the lockout ended. Green had a breakout season, as he started 38 of his 66 games played, averaging 9.1 ppg. Green eventually became the starting shooting guard for the Spurs when Manu Ginobili returned to being the sixth man in the rotation. Green finished ninth in the league in voting for the NBA Most Improved Player Award.[14]

On July 11, 2012, Green re-signed with the Spurs for $12 million over three years.[15] In his first game of the season, he scored 9 points and added 2 blocks in San Antonio's win over New Orleans. On November 1, 2012, he scored 13 points in a win over the Thunder. Then on November 3, Danny Green scored 21 points to help the Spurs beat the Utah Jazz in a 110–100 win.[16] On November 13, 2012, he hit a game-winner against the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing the game with 11 points. On February 6, 2013, Green recorded career-highs of 28 points and 8 three-pointers made in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was one three-pointer shy of Chuck Person's record for most three-pointers made in a single game as a Spur.[17]

In Game 2 of the 2013 NBA Finals, Green was perfect from the field, including 5–5 from the three-point line. However, the Spurs lost in a blowout to the Miami Heat, 103–84.[18] In Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Green hit 7–9 from three-point range, including the one to set a Finals record for most three-pointers in a game by a team. He notched 27 total points in the Spurs' blowout 113–77 victory as the team took a 2–1 series lead in the process.[19] On June 16 in Game 5, Green made six three pointers for a total of 25 in the series to that point, breaking the record for an NBA Finals series previously held by Ray Allen, who made 22 in six games with the Boston Celtics in 2008.[20] By the end of the series, which lasted seven games, Green had made 27 threes, but the Heat won the championship.

Setting the NBA Finals' 3pt record[edit]

Game3PM-APercent MadeTotal MadeTotal AttemptedSeries Percent
1[21]4-9.44449.444
2[22]5-51.000914.642
3[23]7-9.7771623.700
4[24]3-5.6001928.679
5[25]6-10.6002538.658
6[26]1-5.2002643.605
7[27]1-6.1662749.551

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Cleveland2005.8.385.273.667.9.3.3.22.0
2010–11San Antonio8011.5.486.368.0001.9.3.3.15.1
2011–12San Antonio663823.1.442.436.7903.51.3.9.79.1
2012–13San Antonio808027.5.448.429.8483.11.81.2.710.5
Career17411822.6.445.424.8112.91.3.9.68.7

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2011San Antonio401.8.333.250.000.3.5.3.31.3
2012San Antonio141220.6.418.345.7003.21.1.5.77.4
2013San Antonio212131.9.446.482.8004.11.51.01.111.1
Career393324.7.435.432.7603.41.3.8.98.7

Personal[edit]

Green's brother Rashad played for Manhattan College in 2007–08 and the University of San Francisco from 2009 to 2012.[28] His second cousin is NBA player Gerald Green.[29]

After Green's freshman season at UNC in 2006 his father, Danny Green Sr., was arrested on drug trafficking charges along with 13 other people.[5] Police confiscated 462 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $40 million, as well as $5 million in cash, marijuana and assorted firearms. Green Sr., a gym teacher, said he had no connection to the drug trafficking ring. He pled not guilty and bail was set at $7.5 million cash. After Green Sr. was in jail for 18 months, officials offered him a lesser charge of conspiracy that would include time served and get him out of jail within six months. He was paroled on January 28, 2008 after serving 22 months in prison.[30]

Danny Green was well known for dancing to pump up the crowd before most of the University of North Carolina home games.[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doing the little things, UNC's Green makes his dad, teammates proud". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  2. ^ http://www.goheels.com/fls/3350/old_site/pdf/m-baskbl/06-49_players.pdf?SPID=12965&DB_OEM_ID=3350
  3. ^ "NBA Playerfile". Nba.com. 1987-06-22. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Danny Green Stats, News, Photos," ESPN Men's College Basketball, North Carolina Tar Heels, April 20, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Persistence of North Babylon’s Danny Green pays off for San Antonio Spurs". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile, Danny Green," tarheelblue.cstv.com, April 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "No Decision Yet for Lawson, Ellington," InsideCarolina.com, The Independent Voice of UNC sports, April 16, 2009.
  8. ^ "Spurs Sign Danny Green". Nba.com. 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  9. ^ "Spurs Waive Danny Green". NBA.com (Turner Sports Interactive, Inc.). November 23, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Spurs Nation » Spurs sign swing man Danny Green". Blog.mysanantonio.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  11. ^ "Spurs sign swing man Danny Green". Blog.mysanantonio.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  12. ^ "Spurs Assign Danny Green To Austin Toros". Nba.com. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  13. ^ "Danny Green moves to Union Olimpija". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  14. ^ "Magic's Ryan Anderson wins Kia Most Improved Player Award". nba.com (NBA). 4 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Spurs Re-Sign Danny Green". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  16. ^ "Notebook: Spurs 110, Jazz 100". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  17. ^ "Notebook: Spurs 104, Timberwolves 94". Nba.com. Retrieved 2013-06-23. 
  18. ^ "Heat ride Mario Chalmers in second half, cruise by Spurs in Game 2". ESPN.com. June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Spurs hit NBA Finals-record 16 3-pointers in rout of Heat". ESPN.com. June 11, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Manu Ginobili's surprise start sparks Spurs, pushes Heat to brink". ESPN.com. June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467195
  22. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467334
  23. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467335
  24. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467336
  25. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467337
  26. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467338
  27. ^ http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400467339
  28. ^ Rashas Green. ESPN.
  29. ^ "USF Men's Basketball Announces Signing of Rashad Green," USF official website, August 14, 2008.
  30. ^ "Green family has Heel of a story," New York Daily News website, April 20, 2009.
  31. ^ Lemire, Joe. "Doing the little things, UNC's Green makes his dad, teammates proud", Sports Illustrated April 3, 2009. Image caption.

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