Sixers: Grading every player’s 2021-22 season

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SF. Sixers. DANNY GREEN. C+.

Grading every Sixers player: Danny Green // C+

This was the least productive year of Danny Green’s career since his sophomore season in San Antonio. He looked like a 35-year-old with several recent injuries. His 3-point shooting was solid, but not great by his standards, and he only played 21.8 minutes per game (again, the lowest since his sophomore season in San Antonio). Then came the playoffs.

Green looked like an entirely different person in the playoffs. He played impressive defense on various tough assignments (Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Jimmy Butler, etc.) and his 3-point shooting went through the roof on several timely occasions. He took over Thybulle’s spot in the starting five and never looked back.

On paper, Green was always the ideal fifth starter: excellent shooter and team defender who understands his role. Whereas Thybulle couldn’t shoot and Niang couldn’t defend, Green was the happy medium. Imperfect, aging without a doubt, but still quite useful. He deserves major credit for his performance in the postseason.

It’s extremely unfortunate, of course, that is all ended in a torn ACL. Given Green’s age and contract status, his future is very much up in the air. He’s an important locker room figure and still the fifth-best player on the team on paper. Hopefully he gets back from this knee injury okay, be it in Philly or elsewhere.