San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green has been ruled out for the team’s season opener on Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors with a left thigh strain that is expected to keep him out upwards of three weeks, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News-Express.
The Long Island native found himself a second-round draft pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 NBA Draft, before being waived before the beginning of the next year. From there, it has been all about the San Antonio Spurs, where he has gone on to make the second most three-pointers in franchise history. The former North Carolina Tar Heel, who won the 2009 National Championship, also won the 2014 NBA Title as a member of the Spurs.
Green was inked to a 4-year/$45 million extension in July 2015 after a career-best season with the Spurs. Last year, he started all 79 games he appeared in, averaging 7.2 points (the lowest of his NBA career) and 3.8 rebounds per game. The record he previously held of 27 made three-pointers in a single playoff series back in 2013 against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals was also broken last year by Stephen Curry.
Expected to have begun the season as the team’s starting shooting guard, Green will now likely cede power to either Manu Ginobili or Jonathan Simmons, depending on whether or not the Spurs want to continue to bring Ginobili off the bench. In the last four seasons, there have only been 10 games in which he played that he did not start.