Danny Green is well aware of the potential issues the Los Angeles Lakers might face in Orlando without one of their best perimeter defenders in Avery Bradley.
According to Green, he explained how the Lakers plan to adjust to life without Bradley, who has played a key role in their success for the 2019-20 NBA season.
“My understanding is that he made this decision because one of his sons has a health issue and if that’s the case, of course I understand that there are some things that are bigger than basketball,” Green said about Bradley’s decision.
“I mean, it sucks because we’re going to need him, we really want him there, it would be great to have him there but we can’t. We have to go to war without him.”
The Lakers will all need to step up on the defensive end if they want to maintain their impressive top-three defensive rating in the league — especially Green now.
When Green signed in 2019 NBA free agency, he was thought of as one of the best 3-and-D wings in the league, but the addition of Bradley made it so that he was not tasked with guarding the opposing team’s best perimeter player every game.
With Bradley gone now, Green might be asked to take on a heavier workload.
In 63 games, Green is third on the Lakers behind only Anthony Davis and LeBron James in defensive win shares (2.4) and sixth in defensive box plus/minus (1.7).
Green also totes the team’s third-highest steal percentage and fifth-highest block percentage, which shows just how active he is when he is on the basketball court.
Not only will he be asked to step up on defense, but on offense as well.
With reports surrounding the team’s interest in JR Smith to replace Bradley, it is possible that if all goes well, they could be looking at a trio of very capable shooters in the form of Green, Smith, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
It has been proven many times that James is at his best when surrounded by sharpshooters and if those three can prosper in that role, the Lakers might be able to find success at Disney World even without one of their best defenders.