May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison (2) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green: An Overlooked Pest

Draymond Green is one of those players that won’t fill up the stat sheet every night.

He comes off the bench, he doesn’t score much, and he isn’t very athletic. However, a player like Green is what every NBA coach would love to have. He’s a consistent defender.

Right off of the NBA’s profile page:

“Was the only Warrior to appear in all 82 of the team’s games (12 starts), averaging 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.24 steals and 0.88 blocks (all career highs) in 21.9 minutes … In 12 starts, averaged 9.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists,1.41 steals and 1.41 blocks in 31.3 minutes … Had a career night on 4/14 vs. Minnesota, setting career marks in points (20) and three-pointers (4) while tying his career-best in rebounds (12) and steals (4), the only 20/10 game by a Warriors reserve and the first of his career…”

His career high is actually 24 points: he scored that during his epic Game 7 vs the Clippers this past postseason. Those points may seem like just another night for teammate Stephen Curry, but for Green, this was enormous.  You can catch Green’s latest performance here, Michigan Pro-Am (28 points – 22 rebounds).

Green is a consistent defender, and he’s on par with such defenders as Tony Allen. Allen will get all the credit as one of the NBA’s best on-ball defenders, and he deserves it. Green goes unnoticed by most commentators, and I dare say scouts.

Green is an under the rim tweener. He plays the guard and power forward positions, and defends them quite well. In playoffs against the Clippers, Green faced-guarded and disrupted Blake Griffin throughout the game. In one instance, Green went from denying Griffin the ball to switching off and guarding Chris Paul.

Green is consistent with his defensive prowess. He may not always get the steal, but he is there either denying the ball or hands up guarding the ball, protecting the passing lanes. He may not always get the rebound, but you can find him under the rim boxing out. He may not always block the shot, but you better believe he is there contesting it.

So just don’t look at the notable defensive players in the league. Don’t just look at the stats. A name and a stat doesn’t always tell you a player’s impact on a game. Green is up there with some of the peskiest defenders in the league.

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