Long Island’s Own Danny Green Fails to Capture NBA Title in First Attempt

Danny Green has had an interesting basketball journey so far.

After starting off in Long Island, the young gun has made his way to Chapel Hill, Reno, Austin, Slovenia, Cleveland, and San Antonio.

Green’s success story is quite a remarkable one, from D-League star to NBA Finals stud. His 27 three-point field goals (through game five of The Finals, alone) set an NBA Finals record. The swingman’s stat surpassed that of future Hall of Famer Ray Allen.

Allen, who plays for the Miami Heat, went home with a championship ring this season. Green, on the other hand, did not.

The Spurs came up short against the Heat as Miami earned wins in games six and seven to secure a second-straight NBA title. Green all but fizzled out in the final two games of the series, but that doesn’t change what he’s accomplished to make it so far.

On a team that features future Hall of Famers like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, Long Island’s own Green has emerged as the perfect complementary player.

Filling his role as the type of swingman who can keep things simple by spreading the floor and playing steady defense, Green could average anywhere from 12-16 points per game on a number of different NBA teams. Still with no one to turn to besides Iman Shumpert to fill such a void at shooting guard, the Knicks, for example, could undoubtedly use a player with Green’s skill set.

The fact that a player hailing from North Babylon has already accomplished so much in his young career should give local fans something to be proud of. Playing alongside and making a difference next to three NBA greats, Green (who is set to turn 26 years old on Saturday) is also already in the NBA Finals record book.

Already under contract for next season, it’s a shame Green won’t be able to immediately reap the benefits and cash in on a terrific postseason run. That said, there should and could turn out to be plenty of more success ahead for him. As the Spurs reflect upon their great run and ponder not only who will be back next season, but also who will help re-fuel a potential run back to The Finals, expect Green to continue being a major piece to doing so.

He gives other aspiring players hope that special things are still ahead. Aside from his long-range shooting, Green needs to learn how to put the ball on the floor with more control, and become a more polished player overall. He has a long way to go, and may never get to the point where he’s in consideration to fill out a potential new “Big Three,” whether it be in San Antonio or somewhere else.

Still, the fact that Greg Popovich and his Spurs’ teammates have enough faith in Green’s abilities should give Long Island fans something to be very excited about in the years to come.