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Danny Green praises the Toronto Raptors' versatility ahead of 2019 NBA Playoffs

Danny Green knows what it takes to win it all.

Prior to being traded to the Toronto Raptors in the offseason, he spent eight seasons playing for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. Green went to the playoffs in each of those seasons and made two appearances in the NBA Finals.

The Spurs came up short in 2012-13, losing in seven games to the Heat, but they bounced back the following year by beating Miami in five games.

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Ahead of Saturday, when Toronto hosts the Orlando Magic for Game 1 of its first-round series, Green was asked if he sees any similarities between these Raptors and those Spurs teams. In response, Green praised their versatility and depth, saying this is one of the most talented group of players he's "been with in a while."

"I just think we're very versatile," he said. "I said earlier in the year, obviously before the trades happened when we traded quite a few guys away, that I thought we were one of the most talented, deepest teams that I've been a part of. Obviously that's changed a little bit because of the trades and guys moving and things like that, but now I think we have a little more experience, I think we're still a very talented group, one of the most talented group of guys that I've been with in a while.

"So I see the similarities and versatility where most guys can play one through four, one through five, can switch, guard and pass and see the floor kind of like in San Antonio, where we had those passing bigs that could move and switch out and play great basketball.

"So I think in that sense, it was very similar."

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Green later talked about how excited he is to see Kawhi Leonard lock in defensively in the coming weeks. With the length and versatility that Leonard, Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam provide, Green believes the Raptors can reach another level on that end of the court in the postseason.

With the start of the playoffs just around the corner, we'll soon find out.

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