Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Danny Green is a precious and volatile talent.
Often, he's a lethal threat from beyond the arc and a ruthless perimeter stopper.
Other times, his shooting touch seemingly disappears, making him an offensive liability given his limited passing and dribbling skills.
That said, the San Antonio community should retain a positive perspective on the first-half hero of last season's NBA Finals, as his youth and defensive aptitude outweigh his problematic inconsistency.
As NBA.com's advanced stats show (subscription required), Green makes a rather large impact on defense. With Green on the bench, the team allows 103.1 points per 100 possessions on average. With him on the court, it allows nearly 10 less points, holding opponents to 94.1 points.
His contributions are also vital in providing perimeter defensive help to Kawhi Leonard, who is regarded as the team's defensive ace. As any offensive stud will testify, it's difficult to succeed alone. The same idea holds true on the other end.
Leonard, without his perimeter sidekick, actually sports a defensive rating of 104.9, significantly worse than his rating when Green shares the court—a whopping 12 points lower.
Green's defensive contributions are invaluable to the team, and his status as a young asset makes him imperative to the post-Tim Duncan era. Though his offensive inconsistencies remain a concern, he is still useful as a three-point shooter the vast majority of the time, and his other tools make him too advantageous to be considered as a trade piece.