Former Cavs GM: Danny Green Sometimes 'Second Best' in Practices Behind LeBron

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 16:  Danny Green #4 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after making a three-pointer in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat during Game Five of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 16, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Danny Green has burst forth as a probable candidate to be named NBA Finals MVP should the San Antonio Spurs win the championship, and the guy who drafted him doesn't seem too surprised at his progression.

Sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers cut him in 2010, allowing the Spurs to swoop in and give him a chance, but Danny Ferry talks about Green with great reverence.

Ferry was ousted as the Cavs general manager following LeBron James' departure, so cutting him was the decision of his successor, Chris Grant.

Looking back at the early days of Green's career when he was standing alongside James rather than across from him, Ferry remembers a player who was not only an extremely hard worker, but incredibly talented as well.

Danny Ferry told me tonight that there were practices in Cleveland where Danny Green was the 2nd best player on the floor after LBJ

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 17, 2013

Man, pple don't understand context. Ferry meant that he saw a lot of talent in Green. But he was still raw. Cavs were title contenders then

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 17, 2013

Green was the 46th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, which makes him the third second-rounder on the Spurs to play meaningful minutes in the playoffs (along with Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner), not counting an undrafted player in Gary Neal.

Many will look at the Cavs cutting Green and criticize the choice, but it took another cut by the Spurs, along with three stints in the D-League, for Green to become an effective player for an NBA team.

From there he went beyond effective, turned the corner into consistency, and climbed all the way up to record-breaking in these NBA Finals.

A few more three-pointers falling in one of the next two games and he could top it all off with a finals MVP award.


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