Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is up/down, including Kawhi Leonard on fire

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Danny Green – Stock Up

Incredibly, this is the first time Danny Green has been in this column. At the very least, it’s the first time his stock has been in the ‘Up’ section. This isn’t to suggest that he hasn’t impressed as a Raptor, much the opposite in fact, Danny Green has been nothing short of fantastic this season.

Green has been the undisputed glue man for Toronto. He defends hard, shoots well and he gives his all every time he steps on the court. Green has become a vocal leader in the locker room and his impact goes beyond basketball. He’s embraced the city as his own and is on his way to becoming an all-time fan favourite.

Danny Green only played in two games this week. He was given the night off against Atlanta on Tuesday, only the second time this season he’s missed a game. The day off was well deserved mind you, Green was efficient and undeniably superb in the two back-to-back games prior. Starting with the Milwaukee game, he defended Khris Middleton, who finished with 14 points on 13 shots, remarkably well. Green only had 12 points himself, but on 70-percent shooting that’s more than acceptable, he also had eight rebounds on the night, second on the team only to Serge Ibaka.

Green played 40 minutes in total against the Bucks. He only played 19 minutes against the Pacers, but they were 19 productive minutes. He hit five three-pointers and finished with 15 points and one assist. Green set the Pacers on fire during his short time on the court and still leads the NBA in offensive rating at 116.9 and is second in net rating (+14).

Still hard to believe that the Spurs gave up Danny Green in the Kawhi trade. It’s imperative that the Raptors resign him this offseason.