Danny Green is known as one of the better long distance shooters in the NBA. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers before being re-discovered by the San Antonio Spurs.
Although, as everything seems to be going for the franchise, there is going to be some change for Green.
Last season, he shot a middling 33 percent from three-point range. This offseason, the shooting guard went out and got LASIK eye surgery after being ousted from the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hopefully, that procedure will allow him to return to form.
In the first four seasons in San Antonio, the 29-year-old shot better than 40 percent from deep. That fact makes the decreased accuracy bewildering for fans that expect elite shooting from the guard. He spoke to ESPN about the procedure and returning to form.
The sharpshooter offered: “I’m not gonna say it was [vision issues]. I got the procedure done, [and] it helps. But that wasn’t the reason why I was shooting poorly. Some seasons, you have good ones. Sometimes, you have bad ones. Sometimes, it’s due to adjusting to chemistry.”
Green is going to be counted on to take a larger role this year with Tim Duncan stepping away from the game. His production off the dribble has never been anything to write home about.
The most prudent matter for Gregg Popovich will be getting his outside threat to knock down open shots consistently.
One thing that the seven-year veteran will not have to worry about is his defensive production. He has maintained elite status on that end of the floor. A plus-2.9 defensive rating in real plus minus for Green leads all shooting guards.
So, the surgery should help but for the Spurs having another season together after gaining LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015's free agency period should be even more helpful.