Dubs by the Digits: Draymond Green


A couple days ago, we started a series of articles called “Dubs by the Digits.” These articles give fans a quick statistical breakdown on members of the Golden State Warriors. The first article of this series was about Warriors’ backup point guard, Shaun Livingston, and the second article of this series was about Warriors’ shooting guard/small forward Brandon Rush.

Our next article in this series will be about Draymond Green.

Green was drafted by the Warriors with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Many people thought Green could’ve easily been drafted before that and that the Warriors got a steal with this pick. Now having played two seasons for the Warriors, Green has proven that he was a steal.

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Green’s stats might not necessarily impress the average fan, but Warriors fans know that Green should not be judged by his stats. He provides so many intangibles to the Warriors that simply can’t be measured by numbers. His toughness, his work ethic, his high basketball IQ, his leadership, his team mentality, and his fearlessness are unmatched and invaluable to this Warriors team.

He’s so determined, and he’s not afraid of any player or any big moment. He plays with 100 percent effort at all times, and he refuses to give up, no matter what the circumstances are. He’s the type of player that every NBA team would want on their roster, and the Warriors are lucky to have him.

Offensively, there are areas where he can improve. Although he shot at a higher rate from three-point range last season, he could still work on shooting threes more consistently. If he can improve in that area, he could certainly solidify himself as the main stretch four in Steve Kerr‘s new offensive system.

Defensively, he’s a top-notch defender. He can block shots and gets steals, but, once again, his impact on the defensive end isn’t necessarily displayed by basic statistics. He reads passing lanes well, he defends post-ups and pick-and-rolls well, he’s a great help defender, and he plays with intensity. He’s a fiery competitor, and this really shows on defense.

Let’s now take a look at Green’s stats from his rookie season, the 2013 postseason, his sophomore season, and the 2014 postseason:

PTSREBASTFG %FT %3PT %TS%Off./Def. RtgGames(starts)MIN
2012-20132.93.30.732.781.820.940.484/10479 (1)13.4
2013 Postseason11. (1)18.6
2013-20146.251.940.766.733.349.8100/9882 (12)21.9
2014 Postseason13. (4)32.6

-TS%, true shooting percentage, measures player’s shooting efficiency, takes into account field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws.
-Offensive rating: points produced per 100 possessions
-Defensive rating: points allowed per 100 possessions

As mentioned before, Green isn’t afraid of the big moments, as seen in his postseason stats. He steps up in the postseason and contributes to the team even more efficiently and more effectively in the postseason, which is a valuable asset that he brings to the Warriors.

He’s also a hard worker, and he always wants to get better. Green improved in almost every statistical category during the 2013-2014 regular season and during the 2014 postseason.

Heading into the 2014-2015 season, Green will most likely have an even bigger role on this Warriors team. It’ll be exciting for Warriors fans to see what Green can do in his third NBA season and how he can build off his strong performances this past postseason.