San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Green is an interesting player to observe in devising methods where he can improve. He was drafted with the 46th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After spending one season with the Cavaliers, he spent some time in the D-League with the Reno Bighorns and Austin Toros. He only played in eight games with the Spurs, but was able to make the playoff roster and was even awarded by default, a small amount of playing time in the playoffs.
When dissecting Green, the first place you look at, is in his D-League history. Green played stellar in his D-League games and the Spurs were lucky to nab him before another team signed him.
Here are his numbers from his time with the Bighorns and Toros. Pay attention to his defensive statistics particularly.
Big Horns: 17 games played, 37 mpg, 20 ppg, 7.5 rbd, 2.5 ast, 1.35 stl, 1 blk, 45% FG, 44% 3PT.
Toros: 1 game played, 32 mpg, 19 ppg, 7 rbd, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1blk, 50% FG, 50% 3PT.
You can see that in his 18 D-League games, Green was a scoring machine and consistently shot the ball at a high percentage. His defensive stats are very telling of who he can be on the defensive end.
When he played with the Spurs, he continued to shoot the ball very well; and even though he played in situations where the “big three” didn’t play much or at all, his numbers are very telling of the player that he could become. His PER average (+13.2) provides a good sign, that he is productive in a positive way, when he does see floor time.