1. Draymond Green
The Warriors and Draymond proved their commitment to each other this summer as he signed a new four-year $100 million deal. Green passed on a raise to stay in the Bay Area, and the franchise traded Jordan Poole to alleviate the tension. Green’s punch started things on the wrong foot last season and impacted their title defense.
Chris Paul, who has had beef with Draymond, replaces Poole, but the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer should be able to manage their relationship better.
Green is the heart and soul of the Dubs’ four championship runs. His defense, versatility, playmaking, and energy have helped Golden State become a dynasty. It does not happen without Draymond, which is why the Warriors were quick to re-sign him this summer.
Green’s unique skill set makes him irreplaceable. They are not finding another 6’6 forward that can play the five, run the offense, and switch onto any player on the floor. That alone keeps Draymond in the Bay Area.
The Golden State Warriors are not trading Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, or Draymond Green. The three pillars of their dynasty are gearing up for another shot and hoping to win one for the thumb. Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney join the Big 3 as untouchable Dubs heading into the 2023-24 campaign. How do things play out? Stay tuned and enjoy the ride.