Green, who has worked out with Powell since middle school, looked very comfortable in this setting, clearly familiar with the workouts hes participated in countless times. Playing with a sore left ankle, Green wasnt able to show off all of his explosiveness, but he did a good job making up for that with the rest of his game in both the drills and scrimmages. One point of emphasis for Green here is his ball-handling ability, which is showing some strides and looked pretty good from what we can tell. He did a good job in most of the drills, making few mistakes and showing good hand-eye coordination in the multiple ball drills. His handle could definitely get a little lower to the ground, and improved fluidity is something hell need to work on in the future, as he looks a bit mechanical right now, but hes been effective in college picking his spots.
In the shooting drills, Green surprisingly out-shot Foster with the uncontested, spot-up shots from NBA three-point range, hitting 78-of-117 (66.7%) from the top of the key and both wings. Also not having the most orthodox shooting mechanics in the world, Green naturally doesnt extend his elbow far behind 90 degrees on his release, but his shot is quick, his elevation good, and his release point very consistent, so its never been much of a problem. Still, to improve his effectiveness and raise the height of his release, Powell has been emphasizing an exaggerated extension and follow through for Green, which Green executed on about 80-90% of his shots in spot-up drills, and its hard to argue with the results. This notable adjustment is still a work in progress, though, as changing muscle memory and tendencies that Green has been accustomed to for years cant be done overnight. When it came to pull-up shots off the dribble in drills and all shots in scrimmages, Green instinctually reverted to his usual form. On pull-up shots, Green doesnt look especially fluid, and his effectiveness seems to fall off some, with him still improving his ball-handling skills.
In the scrimmages, Green really impressed, getting after it on both sides of the ball, while his hot shooting extended over from the drills as well. He hit a plethora of spot-up and pull-up threes from college three-point range, with a few from NBA three-point range as well. Many of the pull-up shots came when he got some space coming around a high screen, but he also hit a few with a hand in his face and incorporated crossovers, step-backs, and fade-aways into his shots, sometimes in combination, hitting quite a few high difficulty shots off advanced moves. Green didnt have as much success attacking the basket, but given the way his shot was falling, he didnt really have to make much of an attempt to. Also, with his left ankle sore, he didnt have his usual explosiveness, and adjusted his game accordingly.
In the two scrimmages to 11, he took his man to the basket a handful of times at most, with limited success. Hes probably more of a five-on-five player in regards to his slashing game, being more accustomed to using his high basketball IQ to catch the ball with his man out of position, facilitating his lane to the hoop. Green also looked good as a passer in the two-man game, mixing it up with backdoor and alley-oop assists, making good reads throughout the scrimmages. On the defensive end, Green really stood out, blanketing Foster the whole time, contesting all of his perimeter shots, and making a few nice blocks with his length and timing in the lane.
Green is also set to play at the Orlando pre-draft camp next week, where he will look to surprise scouts and executives, as hes not been someone who has been on the draft radar for this season, with most thinking he should go back to school for his senior year. Greens decision on whether he returns, he says, depends on his performance as well as what his teammates decide to do.Interview with Danny Green:Joey WhelanDraftExpress:
Danny, how did the workout go today?Danny Green:
It was hard, but today was a light day to show you what we do, but when you arent here, its killer. Seriously.DraftExpress:
How long have you been here working with Jerry?Danny Green:
Ive been with Jerry since middle school, even before everyone knew him, when he was first getting started. Back then, me, my brother, and a few guys from our town used to work out of his backyard. Then a lot of other guys started coming through, so its been real good for him.DraftExpress:
How long have you been here working out since the season ended?Danny Green:
Its been about two weeks now. I came back for a couple of days, then later for about a week to work out with him, but I had to head back down to school because at the time I wasnt sure if I was taking an independent study or not. I was going to fly out to Chicago and work out with [Tim] Grover, but I came here instead, its right around the corner from me. Here Im able to stay home with my family and work out with Jerry.DraftExpress:
Have you ever worked out with anyone other than Jerry?Danny Green:
Well down at college I workout with my trainer and the managers. Ive worked with a couple of guys down south, but not really anyone well known. DraftExpress:
Whats it been like going through the draft process knowing you have the option to go back to school?Danny Green:
Its been great; its a win-win situation for me. I feel like I can show everyone what I can do, because I dont think people know exactly what I can do. I feel like people have seen a little bit, but outside of the system at North Carolina I think I can do a little more. Hopefully I can show all of that, so for the future I can make a living out of it. If I show off this year and people really like me, of course Im going to stay in the draft. If it doesnt turn out the way I want it to, though, I can go back to school and I dont have to pay any fees or anything.DraftExpress:
Is there anything specific that you think you can show off in Orlando?Danny Green:
I think what people are looking for is to see if I can put the ball on the floor and shoot off the dribble; I think Im known right now mainly as a spot up shooter. I can block shots, rebound, you know be that all-around guard, but no one really knows if I can handle the ball. I think I can show off my athleticism, not right now because I have a bad ankle; but hopefully I can show strength, athleticism and the ability to handle to ball a little bit. They know I can play defense, but I was told if you show defense, youll be alright.DraftExpress:
What are your feelings heading into Orlando?Danny Green:
Of course Im excited. Im working out with Jerry, trying to get ready and hopefully show what I can do. Like I said, Im in a win-win situation. Im kind of under the radar so I dont think my stock can really drop; its either going to go up or stay the same, and if it stays the same I always have another year to improve it. Im just excited though, a little nervous too, but hopefully I can calm those nerves. DraftExpress:
With the team that could potentially be coming back to North Carolina next year, how much does the possibility of a championship play into your decision to declare?Danny Green:
I dont know; if everyone came back it would be great. But also just looking at the statistics, everyone that tests the waters at North Carolina doesnt always come back. So if everyone came back, with guys like Ty [Lawson] and Wayne [Ellington] I think wed have a great chance to win a championship, but I just dont see that coming. Of course I want to win a national championship, but my decision is going to reflect a lot off of what their decision is also; but well see what happens.DraftExpress:
Have you been getting any feedback at all from any teams yet?Danny Green:
Nothing directly to me. They talk to my coaches, my dad, and my AAU coach, so they know more about it than I do. But theyve really been keeping up with it. Theyve talked to me about what teams have contacted them and where Im going to be working out. Miami talked to them, so hopefully Ill get to work out for Miami. Chicago might set something up but that isnt definite yet. I think Cleveland, Washington and San Antonio were the other ones. DraftExpress:
Danny thanks a lot for talking to with us today.