Draymond Green is the Golden State Warriors‘ X-factor. When he is consistently hitting outside shots, the Warriors morph into an unguaradable beast. Opposing defenses aren’t able to just focus on guarding Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and leave Green open then.
In addition, Green is a spark plug. He injects a sense of energy into this Warriors team when they need it the most. He makes big plays, he sets up his teammates, and he plays lockdown defense, and this fires up his teammates.
Green is having the best statistical season in his third year in the NBA, as he’s averaging 11.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game on 43.6 percent shooting from the field and 34.1 percent shooting from three-point range this season.
Green is now a starter for the Warriors and is averaging 32.2 minutes per game, which is the third most amount of minutes on the team, behind Curry and Thompson, and the most minutes per game he’s averaged in his career.
As Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said, Green was “born to be a Warrior.” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls Green the “heartbeat” of the team and expects Green to be a Warrior for the next 8-10 years.
Green is a vital piece to this Warriors team and the organization, and he could truly be the key to their success. When Green is playing well (and shooting well, specifically), he puts the Warriors in a much better position to win.
Despite Green’s importance to the Warriors, an anonymous scout spoke to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report about how he thinks Green just isn’t that talented. Here’s specifically what the scout said:
“He’s one of those guys who’s a product of the system. I’d be very uncomfortable paying him zillions of dollars. He is situationally [valuable]. He’s got two great point guards, he gets a lot of surplus stuff from them. He’s a good rebounder. He’s a complementary guy. But he’s going to get paid like a second or third option, probably. I would be cautious, if I’m any team other than Golden State. I’m not sure his talents are totally transferable. He’s just not that talented. He does the little things, he can guard, he’s a winning player. What they like about him is his leadership; he’s become the leader of that team. I’m not sure that’s transferable.”
Green is extremely more valuable than just “situationally” valuable. Yes, Green benefits from playing with great players such as Curry and Thompson, as he gets more open looks because of their presence on the court. However, Green could be put on any other NBA team’s roster, and he’d help that team win with his hard work, high-effort, high-energy style of play, and his ability to contribute on the court in many ways. All of these skills are transferable.
Green’s leadership and his ability to do the little things would be highly valued on any NBA team. It makes no sense why this scout believes these qualities and the fact that Green “can guard” and is a “winning player” would not be transferable. That’s complete blasphemy.
His doubts on giving Green a max contract are understandable. Does Green deserve to have a max contract more than Curry or Thompson does? Definitely not. However, Green does deserve to get paid a considerable amount because of his highly transferable and highly valuable skill set, in general and specifically to the Warriors.
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