With his performance in game-one of the NBA Finals, San Antonio Spurs guard and former UNC standout Danny Green formally introduced himself to America.
For many, his success this season has surprised them, but Tar Heel fans know exactly what Mr. Green is capable of. His time in Chapel Hill and his career in the NBA really parallel one another. Green struggled some in his first couple of seasons in Carolina blue and early on some even wondered if he even belonged. Fast forward to his first two seasons in the NBA.
After being drafted in 2009 in the second round, number 46 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Danny rarely played and was released in October 2010. He was then signed by the San Antonio Spurs on November 17, 2010 and was released six days later.
During his junior year at Carolina the 6’5 super athletic wing began to breakout. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals & blocks per game all career high to that point of his college career. Entering his third season in the league, Green was back with the Spurs after finishing the previous season with the NBA developmental league’s Austin Toros. Once back from the D-league, Danny began to hit his stride. He averaged 9.1 ppg, played solid defense and would eventually become the starter at shooting guard.
Those improvements in his game looked a lot like the one’s he made during his senior campaign at Carolina. As the top player off the bench (probably should have been a starter) on the 2009 National Champions, Green was a jack of all trades. He blocked shots, hit timely three pointers, got steals and finished on them off with thunderous dunks as well as defends the opposing teams best perimeter player. This season Danny Green has cemented his spot in the league mostly the result of hard work, and if history repeats it’s self expect #4 to be a key part of a Spurs Championship. Now that something to jump around about!