2. Draymond Green
Few players have managed to impact a title-contending team while receiving such little recognition as Draymond Green. Despite being a game-changer in nearly every way, Green is often overlooked by casual fans and analysts alike.
With Kevin Durant gone, Green is now the most versatile member of the Golden State Warriors. Though he may not be elite at anything other than defense, he is a capable passer, rebounder and scorer at times.
Green’s skill set is something that has sparked a trend in the NBA. Before Green, we rarely saw undersized centers that could defend all five positions and initiate offense for his team. The Warriors are perfectly comfortable allowing Green to set up and execute plays offensively.
There isn’t much that Green can’t do on the court. He will set screens, fight for loose balls, make the correct pass and verbally lead his team at every turn. There’s a reason he is often credited as the heart and soul of the Warriors.
Green is going to provide the extra fire that the Dubs will need to traverse through this season. The Dubs are no longer feared by opponents, but Green will ensure that a level of respect is maintained in each game.
Acting as an enforcer and on-court talent, Green’s value is immeasurable. Only one player on the Warriors roster is more important to the squad’s success.