HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The Dream Team had its ticket to immortality punched earlier this week with the Hall of Fame announcement.
But what about the Green Team?
Surely you didn’t think we’d forgotten about Green Week around here, did you?
Like Suns All-Star point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash, we’re serious about environmental causes here at Hang Time.
That’s why we’ve spent all of Green Week thinking long and hard about who could make HT’s All-Green (Week) Team.
With only four Greens currently on rosters (Danny, Jeff, Willie and Donte Greene), we couldn’t limit it to just active players. We had to spread this thing out a little bit and study up on the history of Greens in the NBA.
So without further ado,we offer up the GREEN TEAM:
Jeff Green, 2007-present
The Thunder forward is hands down the most productive Green in the league today. Drafted the same year as Thunder All-Star and MVP candidate Kevin Durant, the 6-9, 230-pound former Georgetown star is one of the league’s most underrated players. But that shouldn’t last much longer now that he and Durant have helped guide the Thunder to the playoffs.
A.C. Green, 1985-2000
Best known as a Laker and the NBA’s original “iron man,” A.C.’s stellar 16-year career included an All-Star appearance and his playing in more consecutive games (1,192) than any other player in NBA or ABA history. He played every regular season game in 15 of his 16 seasons. Lost in the shuffle is that Green played on two championship teams with the Lakers.
Sidney Green, 1983-1992
The fifth pick in the 1983 draft out of UNLV, Green played for six teams during his decade in the NBA. He has the distinction of being the Bulls’ last pre-Michael Jordan (No. 3 in 1984) high lottery pick. A Brooklyn native, Green went into the coaching ranks after his playing career ended, working mostly at the college level before taking a coaching position with the Bulls last year. Strange as it sounds, he’s best known these days as the father for former Florida star and one-time NBA point guard Taurean Green.
Rickey Green, 1977-1991
A point guard out of Michigan, Green scored the five millionth point in NBA history in 1982, while a member of the Utah Jazz. Green had his best pro seasons with the Jazz, in 1982-83 and played in the All-Star Game the following season. Green was a bit of a nomad during his career, playing for eight teams in 14 seasons. And even though he was drafted by the Warriors, he spent the bulk of and his best years in a Jazz uniform.
David Greenwood, 1979-1991
And you thought Sidney Green was a victim of circumstance being drafted the year ahead of MJ. Greenwood is the player that was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1979 draft. The Bulls lost a coin flip for the No. 1 pick to the Lakers, who selected Hall of Famer Ervin “Magic” Johnson with the top overall pick. Greenwood had a solid 12-year career but never quite measured up to the man chosen ahead of him.