Danny Green is more than a 3-point threat this season
SAN ANTONIO —
It seems as if San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green has found a groove at the start of the 2017-18 season.
With Kawhi Leonard still sidelined, there was a bit of concern on where the scoring would come from this season.
Although San Antonio has seen an increase in play from LaMarcus Aldridge, the play of Green has caught the eyes of many.
During the 2016-17 season, Green was streaky at best from the field.
He had games in which he was on fire, shooting out of a slump but then the next game, fall right back into his funk, could not hit a single shot.
Through 11 games this season, Green has shown a big improvement on the offensive side of the ball. He has always been a great passer, he will make that extra pass and we saw more of that last season when he was not knocking down open jumpers.
With as great of a shooter that Danny is, teams won’t give him much room on the perimeter and what we have seen thus far is how much more of him putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the rim.
Danny shot the ball well in the team’s 120-107 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. He went 8-of-15 from the floor including 4-of-6 from behind the 3-pt line to finish with 24 points.
His shooting caught the eye of Head Coach Gregg Popovich postgame.
“He is ready to shoot the ball and like I said, we had assists, we hit the open man and we were in attack mode. He gets more uncontested shots that way and he knocked them down," said Popovich.
What has also been a key change in Danny’s game is his movement off the ball. Continuing to move, using screens set by teammates, also setting those of his own to pop off of them and receive the ball to shoot, has been a great change.
Credit goes to Spurs shooting coach Chip Engelland and his staff as Pop touched on as well.
Said Popovich, “He started that last year. Chip [Engelland] and the staff has done a good job with him in that regard.”
This play has increased Green’s scoring this season. He has upped his scoring at 4.3 points from a season ago where he averaged 7.3.
His field goal percentage from both the field and 3-pt line has also seen an increase as well.
Here is an in-depth look at where Danny is getting most of his points (percentage) and usage through the first 11 games:
- 6.9% of his points = 3-point line
- 46.9% of his points = 2-point makes
- 15.6% of his points = mid-range
- 31.3% of his points - paint points
- Usage Rate = 18.6
Still very early in the season but by the numbers, you can see Green is getting most of his points away from the 3-point line.
There is one thing that you can say about Danny, he is locked in. The defensive side of the ball his play has always been underrated, but offensively, he is starting to come into his own.
He is starting to be another option for San Antonio.