Last night the Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA title, upsetting the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
As a UNC fan, why does that matter?
Well, Danny Green is a Toronto Raptor. Thus, Danny Green is a World Champion. Again.
It’s Green’s second title after winning one with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.
Green was traded to the Raptors, along with superstar Kawhi Leonard, before the season started after having spent the previous eight years in San Antonio. He promptly started all 80 regular season games that he participated in. That tied his career high for games started in a regular season. He remained a key cog in the Raptors’ success in the postseason where he started all 24 playoff games.
Green had an up-and-down NBA Finals, but proved vital to Toronto winning Games 1 and 3. In the opening game, he went 3-7 from three, and scored 11 points in a 129-118 victory. He followed that up with a 6-10 performance from deep, finishing with 18 points in Game 3. The Raptors won that game 123-109 — at Golden State — and took a 2-1 series that they never relinquished.
He didn’t replicate those scoring efforts in games 4, 5 or 6, but he did finish the series with a positive +/- in five of the six games by simply doing Danny Green things. UNC fans will remember that many times Green’s greatest contributions never really showed up in the box score. These Finals were another example of that. Besides, any time we can witness Tar Heel on Blue Devil crime, we all win.
With the title, Green joins an exclusive group of Tar Heels who have won multiple NBA titles as a player. As Bryan Ives notes in this tweet, he now joins Jordan, Worthy, Fox and others.
He struggled tonight but Danny Green gives North Carolina players a total of 34 NBA titles, by far the most of any college program— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) June 14, 2019
He is the 9th former Heel with multiple rings
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UNC Basketball also gave us this graphic.
Congrats to Danny Green and the Toronto Raptors.