Danny Green, Dwight Howard, and Veteran Leadership
Danny Green is entering his 12th NBA season. He was finally able to join the 76ers in training camp on December 9th, after the completion of the Sixers and Thunder trade a day earlier.
Green and the Sixers had to wait to finalize the trade until training camp because Green was already sent from the Lakers to the Thunder this offseason and unable to aggregate his salary when the Sixers and Thunder came to an agreement shortly after. The Sixers also acquired Terrance Ferguson and Vincent Poirier in the trade and got rid of the failed experiment of last season, Al Horford.
Throughout his career Green has always been a solid compliment to star-talent on his team by knocking down three-point shots. He’s a career 40% three-point shooter. That role will most likely stick with him as he joins the Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid led 76ers.
Green will, however, take on even more responsibility with the Sixers and arguably the most important role on the team accompanied by Dwight Howard: Veteran Leadership. Howard has been vocal about Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and how he can help them both in their growth as NBA All-Stars. Green echoed the same sentiments yesterday.
“My job, I think, is more important off the floor than it is on the floor for this group,” he said. “Just helping them understand the small details of what it takes to win, to be winners. Teaching them small things like guarding pick-and-rolls; guarding screens, pindowns; coming off and how to use those screens; how to talk to each other; being patient; and how to communicate defensively. So I think that can help everybody — not just certain stars, certain people, but everyone across the board, both guards and bigs.”
In order to do this, Green wants to “grow a type of rapport” and acclimate himself into Sixers’ culture and identity. First and foremost, the Sixers need to establish one. There has been a ton of talk about accountability on the Sixers players this year. Both Danny Green and Dwight Howard have already taken it upon themselves to ensure that happens. As for winning a championship? Green’s just happy the pressure doesn’t fall on him.
“It’s amazing, man, to be wanted, to be sought after,” he said. “I’m happy to be here, I’m glad that they wanted me. Hopefully, I live up to expectations. But also, the pressure’s on them. I’ve won back to back, it’s their job to get me there and win another one. If they don’t, they f—ed it up. No, I’m just playing.“
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