Donte Greene: Most Improved Player of the 2021 Season
By BIG3 February 25, 2022
Donte Greene went from a role player in 2019 to a star of the BIG3 in 2021. Killer 3’s started the season off slow going 0-2, but won five of their next six games, thanks to the emerging duo of Donte Green and Frank Nitty. The six foot eleven stretch forward was the centerpiece to their success.
In the 2021 season Greene was in the top five in scoring at more than 20 points per game. He also led Killer 3’s to a 5-3 record, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot. Killer 3’s were one of the hottest teams in the BIG3 down the stretch of the season, even beating the eventual champs, Trilogy, in week eight. Greene had 14 points and a block in the win over the future champs. Killer 3’s also handed Triplets their first loss of the season after looking unbeatable through their first five games of the season. In the win over Triplets, Greene had 23 points, seven rebounds and a made four pointer.
In 2019 Greene averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. For the 2021 season Greene averaged 20.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. With Stephen Jackson no longer a part of the Killer 3’s Greene seemingly stepped up to fill the void. The season over season improvement from Greene was 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game better than 2019. Greene had a season high of 33 points in week five against Bivouac.
Greene improved his shooting from the perimeter in the 2021 season making two more threes than in 2019 despite it being a shorter season. Greene made two four pointers on six attempts, as opposed to no four pointers on two attempts in 2019. Greene’s overall field goal percentage jumped up in the 2021 season after shooting 46 percent from the field in 2019 to 51 percent in 2021. Greene was one of two players in the BIG3 to average more than 20 points and seven rebounds per game in the 2021 season. The only other player was BIG3 MVP Joe Johnson.