The numbers don’t do Draymond Green enough justice.
It’s clear that he improved from his rookie season, but his regular season numbers from his second season are still very pedestrian: 6.2 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game, 0.9 blocks, and 45 percent shooting percentage from the field. None of those numbers jump off the page.
That being said Green game grew immensely in the postseason where he averaged a near double-double — 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds — and was one of the Warriors most important players in their hard-fought seven game series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
For those who are not aware, Draymond Green’s Twitter handle is @Money23Green. But his Twitter handle might as well become @MoMoney23Green because once Green becomes a free agent his $ 875,000 salary is sure to skyrocket.
Green is the Warriors “swiss-army-knife player.” He can do a bit of everything. He sets great screens. He can make open three-pointers. He can guard all five positions. He can play on the wing or down low.
Green showed off his entire repertoire against the Clippers. He had three double-doubles and in Game 7, had 24 points and seven rebounds which almost saved the Warriors season.
Green needs to improve his three-point shooting. It’s one of the flaws in his game. He isn’t a bad three-point shooter but his 33 percent percentage is not Stephen Curry-esque. In Game 7 against the Clippers, Green knocked down five three-pointers and when Green makes threes, it stretches the defense and creates more space for Thompson and Curry to drive.
Green is the ultimate glue guy and to an outsider appears to be one of the most important players on the Warriors roster. If he really wants to go to the next level, his jump shooting will need to improve. He is one of the most versatile defenders in the league and even though he is undersized can rebound with the best forwards in the game, but his shot has failed him in the past and with the Warriors linked to Kevin Love trade rumors, any possible trade for Love would make Green the star of the bench.
For a guy whose role is doing the dirty work and not making the most spectacular play, it is hard to find Green’s best moment of the season. But here is one play that defines Draymond Green.
Had the Warriors won Game Seven against the Clippers, Green would have been even more of a folk hero. And this block above would have been shown on every highlight real. It captures the importance of Green.
Green starts the play guarding Blake Griffin before switching onto DeAndre Jordan. Then as Paul attacks the lane, Green helps off of Jordan and volleyball swats Chris Paul’s shot all the way to half-court. At the time it looked like a game-changing play in the arguably the best game of his career.