Danny Green

Danny Green

34-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/1/2023
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Green's 2020-21 season was an improvement over his 2019-20 campaign, though he continued to hover in the 100-150 range in fantasy, which is where he's been nearly his entire career. He ranked 102nd last year behind 9.5 points (2.5 threes), 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks. He's one of the most pure 3-and-D players in the league, but he frequently runs hot-and-cold, which can be frustrating for fantasy managers on a week-to-week basis. Nothing should change for the 34-year-old heading into 2021-22. He'll start on the wing for the 76ers and help provide valuable floor spacing for Joel Embiid. Fantasy managers in standard leagues could take Green with a final pick, though he's as low-upside as they come and is better suited to be drafted in deeper leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the 76ers in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Daniel Richard Green Jr. was born in North Babylon, New York, on June 22, 1987 to Danny Green Sr. and Rene' Darrel. His brother, Rashad, played for Manhattan College in 2007-08 and the University of San Francisco from 2009 to 2012. Another brother, Devonte, plays for Indiana University. Green's second cousins, Gerald Green and Garlon Green, are also professional basketball players. He attended North Babylon high school his freshman year where he also played football. His sophomore year, he transferred to St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, New York. Green was named a McDonald's All-American at St. Mary's. Green attend UNC, where he won an NCAA championship his senior year. In 2018, he launched "Inside the Green Room," a podcast he hosts with Harrison Sanford. Green has expressed an interest in sports broadcasting following his playing career. Learn more about Green by following him on Twitter at @DGreen_14 and on Instagram at @greenranger14. As has been the case during his subsequent professional career, Green was a role player for four years with North Carolina. The 6-foot-5 wing played limited minutes off the bench during his first two seasons with the Tar Heels and shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc. He did score 15 points as a freshman in a first-round win over Murray State in the NCAA Tournament. Green considered transferring after his sophomore season, but he returned to Chapel Hill and played a larger role. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds and hit 37.3 percent of his three-pointers as a junior. UNC advanced to the Final Four and Green scored 15 points twice in the Big Dance. After three seasons coming off the bench, Green moved into the starting lineup as a senior and provided 13.1 points and 4.7 rebounds. He converted 41.8 percent of his three-point attempts and helped the team win the Men's Basketball National Championship. Over his four seasons, he became the only player in ACC history to accumulate at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals. Green was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Suffers torn ACL
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
May 13, 2022
Green was diagnosed Friday with a torn ACL, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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The 76ers didn't have optimism regarding the injury Green suffered in the team's Game 6 loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals, so the diagnosis isn't too surprising. The soon-to-be 35-year-old is under contract next season for $10 million, but it's possible he'll be unable to play given that the recovery time for ACL tears can be up to 12 months. Philadelphia will likely have to find a replacement for the veteran in free agency unless Matisse Thybulle and/or Furkan Korkmaz see expanded roles.
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Wants to return by All-Star break
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 20, 2022
Green tore his ACL in the Sixers' second-round series against the Heat but wants to return by the All-Star break next season, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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"I will work my tail off to rehab to get back healthy," Green said. "My body and my bones usually heal pretty well. I don't have any bad habits. So, yeah, I think I'll be back in time to help a team in the playoff run and show and prove that I'm able to still play at that level to help a team get a win in the playoffs." The veteran sharpshooter is technically under contract with the Sixers for 2022-23, but his $10 million salary is non-guaranteed. He acknowledged that the team could certainly waive or trade him since he won't be ready to play at the start of the season. If he returns by the All-Star break it would be a swift recovery, as other players that have suffered the same injury as Green have had to sit out the upcoming season to recover, most notably Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray.
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Green played a predictable role for the Lakers in 2019-20 as the sharpshooter on the wing. Unfortunately, he also saw a significant dip in his output to just eight points per contest after notching 10.3 per game a season ago in Toronto. That decline was to be expected, however, as the veteran was coming off of a career-best 45.5 percent shooting mark from beyond the arc in 2018-19. It also seems likely Green will improve on the career-low 68.8 percent mark he posted from the charity stripe, potentially giving him a slight boost in scoring this season. Being traded from the Lakers to the Thunder, and then to his final landing spot, the 76ers, means he should take on a similar offensive role as he did in 2019-20. Green should continue to see sixth-man minutes and function as a spot-up shooter and defender for the 76ers. He'll help provide the floor spacing necessary for a Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid offense to be effective. From a fantasy perspective, he has close to top-100 upside, so he makes for a flier in most leagues, though the potential isn't as high as other players who may get drafted around that range.
After a title run with Toronto last season, Green signed a two-year, $30 million deal with the Lakers in the offseason. He'll likely be the starter at shooting guard, playing his usual three-and-D role. After a decline in shooting during his final season with San Antonio in 2017-18, Green bounced back nicely in that department with Toronto, hitting a career-high 2.5 triples per game to go along with a career-best 45.5 percent mark from distance in 80 starts. He also contributed 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 combined blocks/steals to go with his 10.3 points per game. He's a reliable source of threes, shooting and defense, and though he's not a great shot-creator, it's a fair assumption that he'll find plenty of quality looks on catch-and-shoot opportunities playing with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Green was once again a fixture in the starting lineup for most of his ninth season with the Spurs, starting 60-of-70 games and averaging 25.6 minutes. His main contribution continued to be his three-point shooting, as Green knocked down 1.7 deep balls per game at a 36.3 percent clip. While that was solid overall, it was still noticeably lower than his peak days in a Spurs uniform, so there's certainly a chance for improvement moving forward if he's able to dial back in. Falling in line with his lessened efficiency from three-point land, Green also shot just 38.7 percent from the floor and 76.8 percent from deep, both being disappointing numbers when considering his previous success. Still, Green provided some valuable defensive statistics (0.9 steals, 1.1 blocks), while chipping in elsewhere with 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Packaged with Kawhi Leonard in a trade that sent the two to Toronto this offseason, Green now heads to a new organization for the first time in his career. It's unclear whether or not he'll immediately slot into the starting five or come off the bench. The Raptors are reportedly considering a scenario with Leonard at shooting guard and OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka at small forward and power forward, respectively. However, another option is to start Green at shooting guard alongside Leonard at small forward, while letting Anunoby and Ibaka battle it out for the top spot at the four. If a member of the top unit, Green could be playing alongside two All-Stars in Leonard and Kyle Lowry, which should mean more open looks and the potential to up his efficiency after a few down years. Look for Green's value to continue to lie in his three-point shooting and contributions in the defensive categories, especially considering he's only one year removed from earning an NBA All-Defensive Second Team award in 2017.
Green's eighth season in San Antonio came with more of the same, as he was primarily counted on to space the floor with his elite shooting ability. After a disastrous 2015-16 campaign, Green saw his shooting percentages increase across the board, shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from the three-point line and 84.4 percent from the free-throw line, all up from 37.6, 33.2 and 73.9, respectively. However, he saw his attempts fall in all three categories, as the Spurs directed most of their offensive output through superstar Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker. That resulted in Green's averages remaining relatively the same at 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists 1.0 steal and 1.7 three-pointers across 26.6 minutes per contest. Parker is slated to miss the first three months of the upcoming season with a ruptured quadriceps, which could mean some additional shot attempts for Green to open the year. However, Patty Mills was brought back on a four-year, $50 million contract and Dejounte Murray had a solid rookie campaign, so they'll likely step into the majority of Parker's workload. With Green now 30 years old, coach Gregg Popovich will likely do everthing he can to limit his starting shooting guard's minutes to keep him fresh, so it wouldn't be surprising if Green again hovered around that 25-minute mark for the majority year, which should keep his numbers similar to what he saw a season ago.
Since being scooped up off waivers by the Spurs in November 2010, Green has developed into one of the most lethal marksmen in the NBA, knocking down 40.3 percent of his attempts from downtown over his career while playing an integral role in the team's 2014 NBA title. However, he inexplicably fell into a shooting slump to begin last season and never really recovered, finishing with 7.2 points per game -- his lowest mark since 2010-11 -- while hitting only 33.2 percent of his attempts from three-point range and 37.6 percent of his attempts from the field. He also saw his proficiency from free-throw range fall by the wayside, as his 73.9 percent mark was a full eight points below his career rate. Despite the strong bench performances of Kyle Anderson and Jonathon Simmons last season, Green never lost his starting shooting guard job, and only saw a mild decline in his minutes per game. The Spurs will probably have less patience with Green if he struggles out of the gate again in 2016-17, but he also has potential as a bounce-back candidate, given how much of an aberration last season's performance was relative to his career numbers. While a return to the production of his prime years probably isn't in store, Green is only 29 years old, so he's not necessarily headed for a further decline from last season's numbers.
Green played in 81 games with the Spurs last season, missing just one game due to rest after back-to-back overtime contests. The 28-year-old averaged 11.7 points, 2.4 three-pointers, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 29 minutes per game. Known as a 3-and-D specialist, Green connected on 42 percent of his three-pointers, 44 percent of his field-goal attempts, and 87 percent of his free-throws. San Antonio brought back most of its backcourt from last season, including Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Patty Mills, and Kawhi Leonard, along with adding newcomers Ray McCallum and Jimmer Fredette. With the 38-year-old Ginobili as the only other specified shooting guard on the roster, Green should look to play the lion's share of the minutes at that position for the Spurs. The success San Antonio's deep, veteran strewn roster revolves around its ability to shoot from the perimeter and defend on the opposite side, making Green the most attractive option for the Spurs at off-guard. As is standard practice with the Spurs, look for Green to play less than 30 minutes per game, even as a starter.
Danny Green is heading into his sixth NBA season after winning his first championship ring last June. He averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 1.9 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game through 68 games. Green shot 43 percent from the field on 7.4 attempts per game and 79 percent from the line on 0.9 attempts per game. He dropped off a little from his breakout 2012-13 campaign but was still a valuable contributor as the team's starting shooting guard, despite missing 14 games due to various injuries. Green was considered a letdown to fantasy owners last season, but his ability to hit three-pointers and block shots as a shooting guard is valuable. He's actually the sixth most accurate three-point shooter currently in the NBA, with a career mark of 42 percent from long range, and he's also one of only a handful of players who are a threat to average one three-pointer, steal, and block per game, narrowly missing the milestone last season. Green will share time at shooting guard with Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili again, but even with minutes in the mid-twenties, he's a productive guy. With many owners disappointed by his performance last season, you may be able to sneak him through late, perhaps even with your final pick.
If not for dismal performances in Games 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals in which he shot a combined 2-for-19 from the field and 2-for-11 from deep, Green may have taken home Finals MVP honors for the Spurs after lighting up the Heat in the first five games of the series. Even with the two rotten games, Green still sank an NBA Finals record 27 threes in 49 attempts (55 percent), cementing himself as one of the game's premier sharpshooters on the league's biggest stage. Though not nearly as prolific during the regular season as he was in the playoffs, Green still managed to hit 2.2 threes per game at a 43 percent clip while scoring 10.5 points per game and providing serviceable marks from the field (45 percent) and the charity stripe (85 percent). The production came in just 28 minutes per game, but Green should be in line for increased playing time this season with the oft-injured Manu Ginobili now 36 years old and coming off a postseason in which he looked to be every bit his age. Coach Gregg Popovich has shown an inclination in the past to give his veteran triumvirate of Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker regular rest, meaning that Green would likely absorb on a greater offensive role on those particular nights, which could help him improve upon last season's other counting stats even further.
Whether coming off the bench or starting, Green’s playing time fluctuated all over the place last season, making it frustrating for fantasy owners to count on him from night-to-night. Even so, it amounted to a career year for Green, who had been used mainly as bench filler prior to last year. Green averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game in about 23 minutes of action per night. Perhaps more noteworthy was his prowess behind the arc, as he hit 1.5 threes per game at a 43.6 percent clip. The quintessential Spur, most of Green’s value often lies beyond the box score, but after he was signed to a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason, he could be primed for an increased role this season. Veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili had their minutes managed more carefully last season, and additional cuts in their playing time could be on tap in 2012-13 to preserve the two for a playoff run. If that were to occur, Green, as well as Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter, would seem to be the primary beneficiaries of the surplus playing time.
Green will likely be on the end of the bench this season, leaving him with little playing time.
Green will have a role mirroring Jamario Moon's. Green will see limited action, but his youthfulness along with the multiple facets of his game will make for some spot duty as the season progresses.
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Officially ruled out Thursday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Leg
May 12, 2022
Green (leg) won't return to Game 6 against Miami on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Heading to locker room Thursday
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Leg
May 12, 2022
Green is heading to the locker room during the first quarter of Game 6 on Thursday against Miami, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Lights out from distance
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 7, 2022
Green amassed 21 points (7-9 FG, 7-9 3Pt) and four rebounds across 34 minutes during Friday's 99-79 victory over the Heat.
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Begins stonemason career
GPhiladelphia 76ers
May 4, 2022
Green bricked for three points (1-10 FG, 1-9 3Pt), two rebounds and two steals across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 119-103 loss to the Heat.
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Starting again Saturday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
April 9, 2022
Green is starting Saturday's game against the Pacers.
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