If you intend to establish an NBA franchise, this document is for you. Of the last eight Playoffs, from the 2014-15 season to the 2021-22 season, seven players have never missed a single postseason edition. From Chris Paul to CJ McCollum to Jae Crowder, they’re the soldiers you’d rather have with you.
Do you want to win an NBA title? Put twelve of your friends on an NBA team and throw in Danny Green, he usually does. At least, according to the kindly reality-broadcast stats from Game 3 between the Bucks and Celtics. In one entry of Marcus Smart’s game, a small board appeared on the right side of the screen. Above, the names of the seven players who have played in the last eight Playoffs: Jae Crowder, Danny Green, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, CJ McCollum, Chris Paul, and Marcus Smart. This isn’t necessarily the list we were hoping for for this type of achievement. Where are the leaders? There is no LeBron, absent from these 2021-22 Playoffs. We also look at Kevin Durant, before remembering that he did not play the 2019-20 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Kenny Atkinson’s Nets had still qualified by finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference, but the statistic requires the player in question to have played in a game. Same story for Stephen Curry. The Warriors have missed the playoffs two straight seasons, 2019-20 and 2020-21, with old injuries. The Chief broke his left hand and Klay Thompson hit a Grant Hillesque sequence: ruptured ACL in left knee, then ruptured Achilles tendon. This old bad luck is now behind us and in Golden State, the transition went smoothly. Under the tutelage of Steph, Klay and Draymond, young talent emerges. But hey, that’s not the point.
The list of players who participated in the last 8 Playoffs. I didn’t have that in mind AT ALL. pic.twitter.com/mM7oSiLF0v
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This list is only surprising to a minor extent. The seven players involved are mostly catalysts for success. As ambivalent as his level of play has been since the start of these playoffs, Danny Green is for a coach an excellent arrow in his bow. He can evolve in the back, on the wing, but also defend in positions 1 to 3. His presence allows him to recite the systems knowing that a sniper is stationed in the corner, ready to call the assist trigger. His track record speaks for him: champion in 2014 with the Spurs, in 2019 with the Raptors and in 2020 with the Lakers. So yes, Danny Green is not having the best season of his career. However, you have to respect a guy who over 13 seasons and 819 NBA games, shoots 40% of triples. A jewel for the collective, of a rare constancy. Why do we detail his case more than those of the other six? “winners” ? In this list, his name is probably the most surprising. The younger ones know the hustle and bustle of Jae Crowder, the defense of Marcus Smart -recently elected DPOY 2021- or even the leadership of Chris Paul in Phoenix. You’ve heard that Andre Iguodala is an exemplary teammate, both on and off the court. In Golden State, his prominence in the 2015, 2017 and 2018 titles is not up for debate. For Danny Green, rarer are the observers who bear witness to his superb career. However, he is the example that none of these seven presences on this list is due to chance. Some players are more deserving than others, but all are should have.
That’s it, the future champions have drawn up their shopping list. To avoid lawsuits from angry owners, we just remind you that Danny Green is getting older and is no longer necessarily THE good deal for the coming summers.