Danny Green Outdoes Lakers Greats in Team Debut

By Paul Shapiro
Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers / Harry How/Getty Images

Coming off an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors, Danny Green was a nice addition to the Los Angeles Lakers' roster this offseason. While he was expected to contribute, the debut that Green had Tuesday night versus the Los Angeles Clippers was the best ever by a Lakers' player in franchise history – better than LeBron James, Magic Johnson and even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Green put up a Lakers' record by scoring 28 points in his team debut, on 10-of-14 shooting with seven made 3-pointers. Many might have expected that from a superstar like Anthony Davis, who also debuted for the Lakers last night, but not a rotation player like Green.

The sharpshooter from Long Island, New York, caught fire in the third quarter, going 6-for-6 from the field to finish with a team-high 28 points. The previous scoring record for a Lakers' debut was 27 points, set by Abdul-Jabbar back in 1975. James had 26 points in his first game wearing a Lakers' uniform last season and Davis scored 25 last night.

Green led the Lakers in plus-minus (+7) in a 112-102 loss on the NBA's opening night, adding seven rebounds and two steals to an impressive stat line.

Despite the loss, the Lakers remain one of the favorites to win the NBA championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, and if role players like Green put up games like this, LA almost certainly be in the mix come season's end.

Green made history last night and having his name in the record books of a storied franchise like the Lakers is just another great accomplishment for both the former one-time NCAA men's basketball champion and two-time NBA champion.

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