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We're continuing our series, breaking down each Lakers player heading up to the start of training camp.
Just itching for some Lakers basketball and we're almost there.
We've almost made it today.
We're gonna talk about a guy I'm super excited about.
Danny Green thrilled that the Lakers were able to get him.
Maybe they spent a little bit much.
We'll talk all about it in just a moment.
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So Danny Green, right after the quiet decision came down, the quite mayor came to an end.
Unfortunately, didn't go.
The Lakers wake Why Leonard winds up signing with the Clippers and he brings Paul George with them What? Tampering.
Yeah, there was probably some tampering going on there, but assumes that happened.
That triggered a series of events.
The Lakers had all of these, these these backup moves, these fail safe.
So we're all set up ready to go in the event that CO I didn't pick the Lakers, which, unfortunately, he didn't. I've.
And so good credits rob placate credit to the Lakers front office for being prepared for that eventuality.
And so they then triggered that series of events, and one of them was signing Danny Green, which happened very, very quickly right after the quite decision came down to a two year deal at about 30 million total almost 15 million per year for this contract.
Solid deal for him.
When you look at what he can do, you look at what he did last season.
He was one of the best shooting players in the N B.
We're looking at three point percentage, 46% from three.
I believe that was second in the N B A last season.
Incredible stuff from him.
He's a solid defender on the wing, a guy who plays within himself.
He knows what his game is this is a guy who is a catch and shoot specialist.
He is one of the best three nd players in the n b A, and we look at how valuable three Andy players are right now.
He doesn't try to do too much with the basketball, doesn't write up a tone of turnovers.
Does have a few mean 30.
9 per game less.
He's not terrible, but for a guy who just catches and shoots, pretty much that says, it's a little bit higher than you would like to see. But not terrible.
All the defense can pick up.
Steals can block shots.
He's got just enough length to be a little bit of, ah, of a difference maker there. Fact.
7 per game last season, 1.
1 the season before.
That doesn't play a ton of minutes.
7 for the Raptors last season, His 32 years old Not too worried about that.
His game isn't based on athleticism all that much defensively, as he does need to be able to slide and stay in front of guys and everything, but he's pretty much set up as a guy who is going to score.
He's He's one of those players that is better on a good team than he ever would be on a bad team.
This is a guy who thrives when defense is air, paying attention to other players and forgetting about him.
Next thing you know, the ball is kicked out to him and he's burying a triple in your face.
That's what Danny Green does.
That's what he is is so exceptional at.
In fact, he took almost eight shots per game last season in five and 1/2 of them were threes, so most of his shots are three's.
He doesn't do a whole lot else, rarely gets to the free throw line.
But he's so good at knocking in those threes.
And he's such an important floor space, sir, that his numbers are off the charts.
In fact, if you want to go to ESPN Israel plus minus stat last season he ranked first among shooting guards.
First, we're talking about a category that's got guys like James Harden in it, and Danny Green ranked first in real plus minus as the most efficient player there.
No but go back a season.
This is the dangerous part.
Go back his season and Danny Green slips all the way to 21st among shooting guards.
Why, you asked? Well, his three point percentage dipped in his final season with the Spurs, the 36%.
This is why the Spurs were willing to throw him in to the Kwai Leonard deal.
Remember, they traded Kawai and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors, gave up both those players, and both turned out to be tremendously valuable for the Raptors.
But they did all that in order to get to Mark Rosen and Yakup Fertile.
But the Spurs at the time were thinking, This guy's a 36% shooter from three.
And then he goes over to the Raptors, and next thing you know, he upset a full 10%.
He goes up to 46% at 46%.
Danny Green is an insane bargain at 15 million at 36% not so much.
That's a big, big difference, not just in terms of how many threes he actually makes, but in terms of how defense's have to defend you.
If you were a 36% shooting from three.
Defense is yes, they're going to get out to cover you.
But it's not life or death at 46% Defense's airplane ing for you.
They are worried about what you're going to do out there on the floor, and you are opening up a ton of space for other players down in the post.
So that's gonna be critical for the Lakers.
The Lakers need to get the 46% Dany Greene.
How realistic is that? Not very.
They're probably not literally getting 46% dating Green because that was the best shooting season of his career by a solid amount.
But if you could get even 40% if you could get a 40% shooter from three, that makes a big, big difference.
And that makes him an extremely valuable player.
Again, though, we're gonna be keeping an eye on that shooting percentage and hope that it doesn't slip too much from his time with the Raptor.
Hopefully, the Lakers aren't buying high here on Danny Greene.
If he can continue shooting at that level and look and playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, he should get plenty open looks.
But if he can keep shooting at a solid level, this is a guy who can be a sneaky, good contributor to the team.
This is a guy who can make a major difference without it really showing up in the box score.
He just does such a good job at doing everything so efficiently that he makes a big difference without having to put up a ton of counting stats.
So when you look at the boxing or don't look at and go what this guy only scored 10.
3 points per game.
He's not very good one of the Lakers doing.
That's not his style.
This isn't a guy who's gonna have a super high usage rate that's gonna have the ball in his hands all the time.
That's gonna be creating a tunnel.
Looks for teammates or anything like that.
The brilliance of his game is in the simplicity, so that's what you're looking for when you are watching a guy like Danny Green play.
Unfortunately, we're going to get to watch him play.
It just went a week and 1/2.
Now we're almost there.
So close, so close.
The Lakers basketball again so How does he fit in on this team? Will, most likely the Lakers paying in 15 year.
He's gonna be your starting to Danny Green's going to be your starting shooting guard.
He's also critical because the Lakers don't really have a true backup.
At this point, you've got LeBron James of the three.
Maybe you can throw some minutes to Taelon Horton Tucker there, but that's kind of a last resort in my book.
He's so young and he's a rookie.
You don't want to throw a big roll onto him.
Cosmo can slide up there and play a few minutes.
Most likely, though, you're going to see Danny Green sliding down and playing some minutes at the three.
Fortunately, I think he can handle it.
He 66 He's long and linking enough to where he can do it.
I don't think you want to doing it all the time, but I think he can handle playing some minutes at the three.
He's also gonna be tasked with defending the other team's best perimeter player in in most nights, so Danny Green will probably play some three, but a lot of time at the two and I think it's gonna be really important for the Lakers to understand that Danny Green is a good defender, but he doesn't cure everything.
That's not what he does.
He's a great team system defender.
This is a guy who can be a perfect fit in a team concept.
He's not going to mess anything up out there, and he can make things a lot better.
But again, just like on the offensive end, if you have a really good defensive team that maximizes Danny Greene's defense of potential, that turns him into another level defender.
This compared to if you're asking him to recover and make, reads for multiple players at once and drop off of his man cause somebody else blew coverage somewhere else.
That's asking Danny Green, Did you do too much? You ask him to play within a system, and he could do that very, very well.
And that's why I think it's gonna be really important to the Lakers.
Focus on the defensive end of the floor.
In order to get the most out of guys like Danny Green, Look, we know LeBron James is gonna start small forward.
Is he a plus defender At this point, I mean, he's an average defender.
It's not terrible, but we know he's conserving energy for the offensive end.
Maybe he can spend a little bit more energy on the defensive end this season.
Now that a D is in town.
Anthony Davis has said he wants to be defensive player of the year.
That's a great mind set for him to have, and hopefully that mentality will bleed through to the rest of the team.
But she is now apparently going to be the leader of it.
Seems like LeBron is kind of ceding control to a D.
But outside that, Who are you gonna put alongside those guys? LeBron can be an okay defender, E d, I think, has the potential to be a great defender.
Danny Green could be a very good team. Team defender.
Who's gonna be the five? Who's gonna be the one? What are the other pieces out there on the floor? If it's Quinn Cook, you get a lot of shooting, but not a lot of defense does that.
Then take away from Danny Greene's effectiveness because he's busy trying to cover for Quinn Cook.
That's a possibility something for Frank Vogel to take a look at anything on the back line.
Is JaVale McGee the better defensive player, or is it Dwight Howard? Statistically, there's somewhat close, although jail is actually a bit better.
A za rim protector.
At least last season he was.
But neither one is quite as good of a defender as you would think.
So what do you do? And then what happens in small ball items when you run Kyle Cruise Mount there? These are all things that Frank Vogel is gonna have to figure out, because it's gonna be important that you not just get the most out of each player, but you figure out the chemistry within the team and Danny Green can be that guy.
He can be that glue guy to keep everything held together, but he's gotta have the right pieces around him.
You can't throw him out there and expect him to do everything.
He can't solve all your shooting problems.
He can't solve all of your defense and problems.
But if you take steps in both of those areas, he can get you give you that boost to put you over the top.
I hope that makes sense.
That's the basic assessment I've got of.
Ah, Danny Green can be a key piece.
I'm really thrilled to watch him this season because I think that he's one of those guys you gotta pay extra attention to in order to understand just how brilliant of a basketball player he really is.
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