The Golden State Warriors aren’t the favorites for the first time in quite a while, and Draymond Green needs to help be part of the solution.
They did what they had to do basically sums up the Golden State Warriors offseason. Losing out on players like Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant won’t only hurt the team, but it’ll likely alter the roles the remaining stars take on.
We know what we’re going to get from Stephen Curry. If he’s healthy, he’ll be hoisting up 10+ threes per game and hopefully snagging around 30 points per game; however, unlike last season, the Dubs will need scoring from their supporting cast.
Whether you like it or not, Green, unlike Durant went down, was part of the supporting cast. His usage percentage had dropped, he’d been shooting a horrific percentage and he just hadn’t played like the Dubs needed him to.
The playoffs changed all those stereotypes of Green’s season.
Now, he’ll need that energy this upcoming season. However, that Draymond Green wasn’t necessarily looking to be the “next man up” when it came to scoring. He was trying to play his game just in a more aggressive and forceful style.
That’s what Golden State will need.
During the playoffs, Green recorded six triple doubles. During the entire 2018-2019 season, he failed to record even one. He kicked off his triple-double streak in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, recording three straight.
He didn’t necessarily shoot more from three. He wasn’t necessarily taking uncalled for shots. What he was doing is exactly what fans were used to from Green prior to Durant’s arrival in 2016.
He was playing hard, moving the ball, forcing the play, posting up smaller guards, and running in transition. If the Warriors want to play well into June for the sixth consecutive season, they’ll need that Green to show himself this upcoming season.
Green will arguably be more important than this season he’s every been before with a drastically different team than he’s every had. They need his leadership if they want a real shot at continued success.