Danny Green prioritizing defense over offense with Lakers
After losing out on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, the Los Angeles Lakers immediately moved on to his long-time teammate Danny Green and signed him to a two-year $30-million deal. With Green, the Lakers bring in a 3-and-D player that fits perfectly next to the superstar tandem of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
While Green is primarily known for his sharp-shooting from downtown, he’s more focused on how he can impact the Lakers on the defensive side of the ball, per Christian Rivas of The Silver Screen and Role.
“I would expect that it’s the way they’ve seen me in the past, and that’s just spacing the floor,” Green said of Vogel’s expectations for him. “We’re looking forward to the upcoming season, and I told him things he can expect from me, but we haven’t talked about strategy or where he’s planning on using me. Offensively, that’s not my focus. For me it’s always been the defensive end of the floor, and I told him that. He’s excited about it.””
After making head-scratching moves by signing a bevy of non-shooters last summer, the Lakers learned from their mistakes and surrounded James and Davis with more shooting.
For most of his career, Green has been one of the premier 3-and-D players in the league. His ability to be an elite spot-up shooter along with his magnificent perimeter defense has made him a coveted commodity in the today’s NBA.
This past season with the Toronto Raptors — where he won his second NBA championship — Green shot a career-best 45.5 percent from beyond the arc in the regular season, knocking down 2.5 threes per game (also a career-high).
His 3-point percentage in the playoffs, however, dropped to 32.8 percent. Nevertheless, along with his defensive abilities, Green should still bring his elite shooting with him to Hollywood. The amount of open looks he’ll get playing with LeBron and AD will be plenty.