San Antonio Spurs: Top 25 players in franchise history

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 3: (Left to Right) Bruce Bowen
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SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 9: Danny Green
SAN ANTONIO, TX – MAY 9: Danny Green /

22. Danny Green

Danny Green has seemingly been with the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career, after coming out of North Carolina. However, he spent his career year with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 20 games in the 2009-10 season. They let him go afterward, and led to a partnership with the Spurs.

Green developed the now-popular identity of a 3-and-D player, as he plays admirably from behind the arc and is a top-flight perimeter defender. He flashed this in the early 2010’s, beginning with four consecutive years of shooting over 40 percent from the 3-point line. It led to him topping out at 11.2 points per game in 2014-15.

In the middle of Green’s run, the Spurs won the 2014 championship, so he’s just the latest Spur to earn jewelry. It came in a starting role as well, as he saw opening action in 39, 80, 59, and 80 games (2011-15).

2015-17 have seen Green on an offensive downslope, however. He failed to cross 40 percent shooting from the field and behind the arch in both seasons, along with just over 7.0 points per game. It hasn’t stopped his defensive prowess, however, with an All-NBA Defensive Second Team Award for 2016-17.

Green has at least one year left on his Spurs contract, before a player option can be used for 2017-18. It could be the last chance for him to establish his franchise legacy and move up on future all-time Spurs lists.