Of course, the most significant addition the Los Angeles Lakers made during the offseason was Anthony Davis, who is by and large considered a top-five player in the NBA and instantly made the Lakers title contenders.
But Los Angeles had to sign some other veteran players over the summer to fill out the roster.
One of those players was Danny Green.
A two-time champion, Danny Green is the exact type of experienced guy you want in your lineup if you are trying to win a championship, and his importance to the Lakers going into the 2019-20 campaign cannot be understated.
So, here are three numbers for Green to target in his first season in purple and gold:
3. Shoot 45 Percent from the Floor
Green made 46.5 percent of his field-goal attempts last season with the Toronto Raptors, which was actually a career high and was well above his lifetime average of 42.4 percent.
It may seem a bit unreasonable to expect Green to replicate that type of success again, especially considering he had shot under 40 percent three years in a row prior to 2018-19, but there is reason to believe Green will shoot that well for the second straight year.
The 32-year-old will likely get a ton of good looks off of the dribble penetration of LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, and because defenses will also have to pay attention to Davis on pick-and-rolls, Green may be left open frequently.
That mean Green, who is a lethal perimeter shooter, should be able to make a high percentage of his shots.
During his prime with the San Antonio Spurs, Green shot around 43-44 percent from the field, so that number is probably more realistic, but aiming for 45 percent should be the goal.
2. Nine Points Per Game
Danny Green registered 10.3 points per game last year, but while the Raptors had one superstar in Kawhi Leonard, they didn’t have two like the Lakers do, so Green shouldn’t need to score as much this season.
But how about posting his career average?
Green has averaged nine points per game over the course of his NBA tenure, and that is certainly a realistic number to reach in LA.
Again, James and Davis will probably do most of the scoring, and Kuzma will almost certainly be the No. 3 guy. As a result, Green probably won’t have to average any more than eight or nine points a night to be effective.
1. Shoot 42 Percent from Three-Point Range
Danny Green made an incredible 45.5 percent of his three-point tries last year, which was a career best.
He probably won’t do that again, because those are ridiculous numbers, but it’s not like Green has never been a deadeye shooter.
Yes, he had a rather rough stretch between 2016 and 2018, where he shot 33.2 percent, 37.9 percent and 36.3 percent from downtown, respectively, but prior to that, Green made over 40 percent of his triples each year between 2012 and 2015.
Over the course of his career, he is a 40.4 percent three-point shooter, so asking him to make 42 percent of his treys (which he has done three times) is hardly out of the question.
Remember: Green will likely get a ton of open looks from behind the line, so chances are, he will make over 40 percent of his threes again this season.