EL SEGUNDO – A lot of the attention for the success of the Los Angeles Lakers this season goes to superstars Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Although both players have played a pivotal role in turning the team around, a few other newcomers like Danny Green have given this team a boost as well.
After the Lakers finished practice on Friday, head coach Frank Vogel talked about the impact Green has had during his first season with the team. That impact has been felt both on and off the floor.
“He's a true pro,” Vogel said of Green. “He's been invaluable to our chemistry building this year. We had a lot of new faces coming together for the first time. You don't know how that chemistry is going to come together and how quickly it is going to come together, but his personality, resume, experience, and body of work all have contributed to the belief we have on this team.
“Like I said, his personality. He's a fun guy to be around. Everybody respects him. Everybody likes him. I think he's really contributed from a chemistry standpoint as well as contributing on the floor.”
One of the things the Lakers have been sorely lacking over the past few years has been outside shooting and defense. This season the team has improved in both areas with Green having a role in that improvement on both ends of the floor.
Currently, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the best three-pointer shooter with three or more attempts per game for the Lakers as he's shooting an impressive 42.8 percent. Green is sitting right behind Caldwell-Pope at 38.2 percent while starting in all 40 games he's played this season.
Green also adds another solid defender to the squad as he's one of four players on the team, averaging a steal or more per game joining James, Davis, and Alex Caruso. His presence has definitely improved this Lakers squad, and his championship experience will continue to help this title contender when the head into the playoffs in April.