The NBA is filled with skilled players, whether it's an athletic or a skilled context. For the San Antonio Spurs, it doesn't come down to either. Their renowned ability to develop young players into stars has affected the likes of Gary Neal, Tiago Splitter and even ACL-less DeJuan Blair.
A name that can be added to this list is Danny Green.
Green, a 6'6" swingman drafted in the second round back in 2009, was not projected to be anybody special. If anything, scouts regarded him as a backup guard or forward to come in and score. Green has done much more than that with the Spurs.
He received just 5.8 minutes per game in his rookie season with Cleveland, however, playing behind LeBron James will do that to you. Green's induction in the rotation has risen exponentially in his time with the Spurs since being selected off waivers (as he was released from the Cavaliers in 2010).
He's getting a career-high 27.7 minutes per game this season, putting up 10.7 points and 3.2 rebounds. Green is shooting 45.2 percent from the field, in addition to converting on 43.2 percent of his shots from three-point range.
Green's greatest skill is by far his ability to shoot the ball, and he has been on a tear this month.
He is averaging 16.7 points on 52.6 percent shooting. In addition to this, Green is also shooting 52.3 percent from deep, making 3.8 threes per game.
Such an average would dwarf league-leading Stephen Curry's 3.1 three-point field goals made per game, however, it may be indicative of Green's recent performance.
Back on February 6, Green scored 28 points on 8-of-12 shooting from long-range in a 104-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was just one make shy of tying the Spurs record for most threes in a game, an accolade held by Chuck Person.
Contrast to the norm, Green is actually shooting the three-ball better from above-the-break than the corner. Per NBA.com's advanced player statistics, Green is shooting just 40 percent from the corners and a more-accurate 47 percent from anywhere else above the three-point line.
If you compare to Stephen Curry, arguably the best shooter in the league, he shoots 43 percent above-the-break and 53 percent from the corner.
Not that anyone would consider knocking Green's ability to shoot, however, it remains an intriguing trend for someone so accurate.
Nevertheless, Green is playing at a high level for the Spurs. His ability to knock down the long-ball is a central factor to Tony Parker's ability driving to the rim so easily. Defenses have to pick their poison with the duo, and allowing two points is less devastating than a three-pointer.
While it may be a hot streak or the offense running smoother, Green remains a threat from downtown. He's going to be a component to the team's future success, but has been a catalyst as of late.
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