Not many players in the league can give their team the amount of work rate Danny Green provides on both ends of the court as the 2017 NBA All-Defensive Second Team member is also a sharpshooter from the three-point line. The 2014 NBA Championship winner who also has an NCAA title to his name as well as a number of college records, will be looking to make similar contributions as a part of the Toronto Raptors which he joined in 2018.
Danny Green Biography (Age)
Danny Green was born Daniel Richard Green Jr., the first of three children to Rene’ Darell and Danny Green Sr. on the 22nd of June 1987 in North Babylon, New York. The Green family is a sports-loving and athletic one as his siblings and cousins have also been able to play in college and equally make a career out of it.
For his high school education, Green first attended North Babylon High School where he completed his freshman year before transferring to a private school; St. Mary’s High School, in Manhasset, New York. He had originally featured on both the football and basketball teams but later began to focus solely on the latter where he became a standout performer. In his final high school year, Green averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks per game and was considered a four-star recruit.
Danny Green was recruited by the University of North Carolina which he joined in 2005. In his first year with the Tar Heels, he was used as the sixth man as he averaged 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. In his sophomore year, Green was still unable to get a starting place as his stats dropped from the previous season with him averaging 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. By his junior year, Green contemplated transferring to another school but did not go through with it as his averages increased to 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. After this year, he announced he was entering the 2008 Draft but, however, backtracked on that decision and returned to school for his senior year.
In his final collegiate season, Danny Green finally sealed a starting position and was named team captain as he posted college career-highs in points (13.1) and assists (2.7) to help his team to the NCAA Championship in 2009. His performances further earned him ACC All-Defensive Team and Third-team All-ACC honors as he went on to be drafted with the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Danny Green’s college statistics were not just very impressive but incomparable to any other player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, there were doubts that he was going to be able to make it in the NBA which was why he was not snapped up earlier than when the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him up with the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Green went on to only manage 20 appearances in his rookie season before the Cavaliers waived him at the beginning of the 2010 season. He was subsequently signed by the San Antonio Spurs who waived him after six days and two games, prompting him to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League in January 2011. Green spent about three months with the side, averaging a team-high 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 16 games, which made the Spurs go back in for him although they assigned him to their own development league affiliate, the Austin Spurs.
Danny Green enjoyed a breakout year in the 2011-12 season as the Spurs recalled him and made him their starting shooting guard. After averaging 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, the team signed him to a three-year contract worth $12 million. He, since that time, became an integral part of the team, making two NBA Finals appearances and winning one in 2014.
Height And Other Facts
Danny Green is one of three only former University of North Carolina players to win both the NCAA and NBA championships. The other two are James Worthy and Michael Jordan. Where he, however, stands alone is being the only player from the school to record more than 1,000 points (1,368), 500 rebounds (590), 200 assists (256), 100 blocks (155), and 100 steals (160).
With 191 three-pointers made in the 2014-15 season, Green has the San Antonio Spurs franchise record for the most three-pointers in a season, and as of January 2016, he ranked second in franchise history for three-pointers made.
Along with Kawhi Leonard, Green was in July 2018, traded to the Toronto Raptors for a protected 2019 first-round draft pick, DeMar DeRozan, and Jakob Poltl.
Danny Green stands at 6 feet 5 inches (1.98 m) tall which puts him among the tallest shooting guards in the NBA as their heights range from 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) to 6 feet 7 inches. He further weighs around 215 lb (98 kg).