Today's spotlight shines on a Cavalier who has seen limited pro action but has impressive college credentials and is still a bit of an unknown quantity for Cleveland. Today's feature: Cavs' forward Danny Green.
Where Danny came from:
Danny Green was born in North Babylon, New York, in 1987, and attended St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, N.Y. before going on to the University of North Carolina. His second cousin is Gerald Green, who at one time played for the Dallas Mavericks. Danny was picked by the Cavaliers in the 2009 draft at #46.
Where Danny has been:
The only stop before Danny came to the Cavaliers was with the Tar Heels, for whom he played four seasons. Eight big-time programs recruited Green before he settled on North Carolina, and while in Chapel Hill, Danny put up some eye-popping numbers, which we will examine now:
What Danny has achieved:
Here are the things that should make a Cavs' fan hope that Danny Green can blossom with the Cavaliers -- at North Carolina, Danny set the standard in the following categories: He is the only player in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals. For his career he participated in more games (145) and was a part of more wins (123) than any other player in Tar Heel history. He is 8th in N.C. history in blocked shots, 9th in three-pointers made and third in free-throw accuracy, and scored in double-figures 63 times on his way to a career average of 9.4 ppg.
For the Cavaliers, Danny played only 115 minutes in 20 games, and averaged just two points per game on a loaded roster last season. But pro-rated for 36 minutes, he would have averaged over 12 ppg and almost six boards per contest.
What we can expect to see from Danny in the coming season:
As with more than one Cavalier, impressive college numbers are only a hint of what Danny Green is capable of if given a chance. At 6' 6", he is not overly tall, and weighing in at 210 lbs. he is not a mass in the middle as a forward. But he can score, and at North Carolina he consistently was a defensive force, 15 times being named Defensive Player of the Game. He can also hit free throws, always a plus for anybody other than a guard, who is expected to make freebies more consistently than a big. What will we see this year from Danny? That depends on how much playing time he gets. Vegetating on the bench as he did last year gave little indication of what he can do on the pro level. But I say that if he is given significant minutes, he may turn out to be one of the pleasant surprises of the season for the Cavaliers.