Danny Green
Danny Green
31-Year-Old GuardG
Toronto Raptors
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $40 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2015. Exercised $10 million player option for 2018-19 in June of 2018. Traded to the Raptors in June of 2018.
Collects 12 points Thursday
GToronto Raptors
February 7, 2019
Green contributed 12 points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in Thursday's 119-101 win over the Hawks.
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After scoring six points combined over his last three games, Green finally had a somewhat decent performance to earn back some minutes with the starting five. Although he has been starting when healthy, Green has failed to put up scoring numbers like we are accustomed to seeing, primarily due to his lack of opportunities and recent struggles from deep.
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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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Third straight poor outing
GToronto Raptors
February 6, 2019
Green was held to two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes Tuesday in the Raptors' 119-107 win over the 76ers.
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Starts second half
GToronto Raptors
January 31, 2019
Green (illness) is on the floor to start the second half Thursday against Milwaukee, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with illness
GToronto Raptors
January 31, 2019
Green exited Thursday's game against the Bucks due to a stomach virus and is questionable to return, Eric Smith of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports
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Decent production Sunday
GToronto Raptors
January 28, 2019
Green totaled 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 31 minutes during Sunday's 123-120 victory over the Mavericks.
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Cleared to play
GToronto Raptors
January 27, 2019
Green (hand) will take the court for Sunday's game against Dallas, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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