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Danny Green, the Former D-League Star and Current NBA Finals Superstar

Former NBAD-League star Danny Green is shooting the lights out in the NBA finals. The former Erie Bayhawk, Reno Bighorn and Austin Toro is playing major minutes on a Spurs team which is two wins away from winning an NBA championship.

Green is shooting about 70 percent from three point range in the NBA finals. No that is not a typo. He is actually shooting close to 70 percent from three. In Game Three of the finals, Green shot 7-of-9 from three and 9-of-15 overall for a grand total of 27 points.

Green is averaging just under 19 points per game in the finals, more than ten points above his career average. Below are Green's NBAD-League stats for 2010-11.

CAREER REGULAR SEASON AVERAGES
CAREER 19 16 36.8 0.448 0.449 0.791 2.5 4.7 7.3 2.5 1.6 1.0 2.89 2.74 20.6
YEAR TEAM G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
09-10 ERI 2 1 35.5 0.415 0.500 0.769 3.0 2.5 5.5 2.5 4.0 1.0 4.00 2.50 25.5
10-11 AUS 1 0 32.0 0.500 0.500 0.000 2.0 5.0 7.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.00 6.00 19.0
10-11 RNO 16 15 37.4 0.451 0.434 0.795 2.5 5.0 7.5 2.6 1.4 1.0 2.94 2.56 20.1

His NBA finals stats are practically identical to these numbers which is a testament to his rapid progression and development in the Spurs organization. Green played the game of his life Game Three and seems like a permanent heat check player. All he does is knock down threes yet the Heat are struggling to stop him.

Green has been a good three point shooter his entire career, but he has emerged as one of the best in the league this past season.

This is just the most recent example of proper NBA D-League development and another example of current NBA contributors making an impact post-D-League.

Green looks to continue his hot shooting and stellar play on Thursday night when the Spurs look to take a commanding three to one lead over the Miami Heat.

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