3) Draymond Green is looking like his old self
After two down seasons where Draymond Green admittedly was not engaged, he is back to playing like the player that captained the defense of the Warriors’ past three titles.
Likely predicting a continued decline, the expert projections did not take into account a revived version of Green that would lead the Warriors to currently have the top defense rating in the league.
While defense has always been his bread and butter, Green has displayed an energized version of himself on offense this year, providing a threat to attack the basket that is crucial to keeping defenders honest and away from Curry.
Green’s 8 points per game is slightly better than last year, but his field goal percentage of 53.7% is miles ahead of his 44.7% rate from last year.
While currently out resting a back ailment, Green’s resurgence in 2021-22 has been a big boost to the team’s overall performance.