Golden State Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr still has hope that veteran forward Draymond Green’s best days are ahead of him.
The Golden State Warriors fanbase has had a love-hate relationship with Draymond Green. After being a critical piece to the team’s title run in 2015, Green’s Game 5 suspension hurt the Warriors odds in 2016.
The 6-foot-6 former Defensive Player of the Year clearly took a backseat when Kevin Durant joined the roster the following offseason. Green’s numbers plummeted, and he started to shoot significantly worse from deep.
Many were hoping that the 2019-2020 season without Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant would’ve been a positive thing for Green then Stephen Curry also went down with an injury in which he ended miss the bulk of the season.
While Green’s involvement in the offense did improve, his numbers were still not even close to what they were early in his career, and while many fans may not agree, head coach Steve Kerr still has hope that the best is yet to come for the former Michigan State Spartan.
“He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest. And I think we’re going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he’s going to be mentally and physically,” Kerr said on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks” Podcast.
Green averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in 43 games. What really hurt is the 39% he shot, the second-worst percentage of his career and worst since his rookie season.
If his percentages increase and the roster is compiled similar to how it was back in the 2015-2016 season, Green’s best to date, then the thought of him having the best season of his career isn’t too insane.
For most though, if Green was going to rebound, it was going to be this season. However, Green was also likely exhausted after five straight Finals runs.
Now, we’ll see a fully rested Draymond Green taking teams head-on with Curry and Thompson both healthy as well. Green’s numbers may bounce back, but I wouldn’t expect them to be what they were.