Golden State Warriors: 3 Players That Need to Show Up Big in the Summer League

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2. Draymond Green

Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 110-108. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is another player who has carved his own niche with the Warriors.  He didn’t shoot very well last season, but his hustle allowed him to be a part of the rotation. Marreese Speights is the backup at power forward, but Green can challenge him for that role if he can improve some aspects of his game.

The key for Green is to become a better shooter, as last season he shot 32.7 percent from the field.  No matter how much he hustles, shooting that poorly is going to keep him on the bench.

Things didn’t seem to change much in the first Summer League game – Green made only 1-of-9 shots.  He improved in his second game, going 5-of-9 from the field.  Either way, I’m still not convinced he has his shot figured out.

The most impressive part about Green’s play has been his free-throw shooting.  After two games, he has made 20-of-22 free-throw attempts, good for almost 91 percent.  When shots aren’t falling, it is important for players to get to the free-throw line – something Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson need to learn.

Players are going to leave Green open when he is on the floor with guys like Curry and Thompson, and  he needs to be able to knock down open shots or else the Warriors will find someone else to do it.

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Topics: Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, Dwayne Jones, Golden State, Golden State Warriors, Ian Clark, Kent Bazemore, NBA Summer League, Nemanja Nedovic, Scott Machado, Toney Douglas

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