It has been a year of turmoil for Draymond Green but the Golden State Warriors’ star is ready to redeem his name next season.
Last season won’t go down as a happy chapter in Draymond Green’s memory book. The Golden State Warriors plummetted to the biggest single-season drop in win percentage of all-time as Green’s numbers took a similar tumble.
With lofty expectations to carry the team in Klay Thompson’s and Stephen Curry’s absences, Green averaged just 8.0 points on 38.9 percent shooting and showed no interest in playing without his star teammates.
Instead, Green took this season as a chance to recoup after five straight years in the NBA Finals. Taking care of his health was a top priority as Green missed a chunk of the season in order to keep his body intact.
While Green and the Dubs’ dynasty was dormant, the rest of the league woke up. The Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks have built squads that seem poised to keep the NBA in a chokehold for the next few seasons. That is unless Green has something to do about it.
Dray has had his name dragged through the mud publically by former players like Charles Barkley. The Hall of Famer has relentlessly attacked Green for being nothing more than a complementary piece to the Splash Brothers and suggests Green isn’t as talented as he thinks he is. I’m sure other guys around the league have used this opportunity to take shots at Green as well, but they just aren’t as vocal about it as Chuck. One thing is for sure, Green is hearing all of the criticism.
On Instagram, Green shared a screenshot of one of his more impressive games in which he posted 29 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals. The caption read “Yeah, I’m going back to being that guy. Since they all seem to have forgotten.”
Though his jump shot has continued to fail him in recent years, his performances in the playoffs have been strong. He has shown the ability to flip the switch when the Warriors need it most. In the final eight games of the 2019 postseason, Green averaged 14.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.1 blocks. He is still an all-around threat on the basketball court.
Green is more than motivated to help the Dubs reclaim their throne. We can expect to see the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year go all-out next season to redeem himself.