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NBA Finals Profile: Danny Green

Posted on 20. Jun, 2013 by in NBA

Entering the 2013 NBA Finals, fans knew about each team’s “Big Three”, with San Antonio’s aging trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili facing off against Miami’s Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. However, most casual basketball fans probably didn’t know much about Spurs shooting guard Danny Green. He’s changed that in a big way these past two weeks, setting the record for three-pointers in a Finals series with 26, a mark that he could add to tonight in Game 7 of the back-and-forth series. In fact, Green’s incredible Finals has him poised to potentially win one of the most unlikely Finals MVP awards in the history of the league.

Green was a standout shooting guard for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for four seasons, winning the NCAA Championship as a senior. Green is the only player in ACC history to have accumulated 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 3-pointers made, 150 blocks and 150 steals, proving his all-around ability. After his senior season, he was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was waived after just 20 games. Green was picked up by the Spurs, but was waived again just days later. After playing in the D-League and playing in a handful of games for the Spurs in 2011, Green signed a one-year deal with Slovenian club KK Unio Olimpija during the lockout. Upon returning to the states, Green resigned with San Antonio, and has slowly but surely earned more playing time since the start of the 2011-2012 season. The Spurs were finally a good fit for Green, and he signed a three-year, $12 million deal to remain in San Antonio last summer. Green’s impact has only grown this season. He started in all 80 of the games he played for the Spurs, and proved to be a vital asset as a two-way player who could not only shoot but also defend some of the opponents’ best perimeter scorers. He’s taken his game up another notch in the postseason, and is one of the biggest reasons the Spurs are in position to capture the franchise’s fifth championship tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

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