Mar 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guardDanny Green
(14) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forwardCharlie Villanueva
(3) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Spurs 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Green got a hefty payday this offseason. Green got a four-year, $40 million contract with the Spurs. The Spurs actually caught a break as Green would’ve gotten more elsewhere. Other wings that are near Green’s level, like Khris Middleton and DeMarre Carroll got a significant higher payday.
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Green enjoyed the best season of his six year career. The 28-year old veteran averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2 assists. He also broke the Spurs franchise record of 190 three-pointers made in a season, held by Chuck Person in 1995-96. Green connected on 191 threes making 42% of them.
The arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge and a healthier Tony Parker will only help Green. Aldridge will draw double teams on a daily basis, which will only free up Green for clean looks. Parker missed 14 games, but he was unhealthy for most of the season with hamstring and achilles injuries. Parker is a huge upgrade over Cory Joseph, whom logged heavy minutes in Parker’s absence. Parker should have a bounce back season this year.
Defensively is where Danny Green makes his mark on a consistent basis. When Green’s shot isn’t falling, he is still defended at a high level. Green has the ability to defend both wing spots and at times he defends lead guards. He was one of few players to average at least one block and one steal.
Green’s numbers won’t improve much with Aldridge joining the Spurs, but he will be a vital part of the Spurs attack this season.