Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, one of the Warriors’ four rookies last season, established himself as a versatile wing player and dependable defender during his lone season in the NBA. Though he had a decent rookie season, Green’s deficiencies will raise questions regarding his minutes in seasons to come.
Green attempted a total of 313 shots during the regular season. Of those, 85 of them were at the rim where Green averaged .576. Green was most effective around the rim, but only managed to take 27.2 percent of his total shots closer than three feet from the basket.
In comparison, Green took a total of 214 jump shots (as opposed to dunks, layups, hook shots and tip-ins) and only made them with a .252 average. Over two-thirds of attempts came from the jump shot and he made only a quarter of those. Green’s shooting improved slightly over the course of the season, but that does not change the fact that it remains dismal.
Draymond is an extremely versatile wing player. Unfortunately for him, the Warriors have multiple options at the wing position that bring skills to the table Green cannot. Andre Iguodala is a superior slasher, shooter and defender. Harrison Barnes has superior post-game and range. Green looks to be at a disadvantage.
Fortunately for Green, his rebounding and defense rank among the team’s best. When Draymond was on the court, the Warriors had an increased total rebounding rate (50.9 percent to 52.4 percent) and block percentage (6.6 percent to 7.5 percent). The Warriors’ offensive rating decreased from 107.8 to 102.9 and also stifled opponents from an offensive rating of 106.5 to 102.7.
When Green was on the court, his focus was solely on rebounding and defense. The Warriors were stacked last year with offensive talent and Green understood his role as the player that supported the elite talent on his team. On multiple occasions, Draymond took on the role of the enforcer, fouling opponents with reckless abandon and providing tough, gritty defense.
If Draymond can continue in his role of rebounding and defending, he may not lose minutes next season. The Warriors are an offensively elite team and Green understands that. Even though Green has a terrible jump shot, his intensity and energy can infuse life into any Warrior lineup. By not trying to be a player he isn’t, Green will see his minutes remain steady.