On an Instagram post, Golden State Warriors’ star Draymond Green lets us all know that he intends to rebound his dip in productivity.
When news is slow, we can always count on Draymond Green to give us something to talk about. The NBA is returning from its break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Golden State Warriors are staying home because of their injury-riddled, lackluster season.
So there really hasn’t been much to talk about when it comes to the Dubs, aside from speculating on what they will do with their high draft pick for the upcoming season.
Because the Warriors aren’t in the spotlight that much, their social media feeds have been filled with posts about the good ole days, when we not only got to watch basketball every night, but the Dubs were at the top of their game.
One such post from a few days ago highlighted a triple-double from Green during the 73-9 season when the Warriors were at one of their highest highs. It was a sight to behold, and it reminded us that Draymond is that glue guy that can give this team literally anything.
While it got fans hyped up about better times, it seemed to ignite a fire within Green as well, who has seen a dip in his production over the past few years.
Draymond Green promised to return to his glory days with the Golden State Warriors.
The caption reads: “Yeah I’m going to go back to being that guy. Since they all seem to have forgotten.”
It’s not hard to imagine why Draymond was so enamored by those highlights. They come from his best statistical season in the NBA where he averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks. All career highs.
But the years since that have been rough for Green. He battled nagging injuries that limited his production.
And this past season, one that could have seen him step into a leadership role due to the loss of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant, saw him post career lows in every category since his rookie year.
He averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.4 steals in the 2019-2020 season.
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Those numbers don’t indicate that somehow he was able to trick people into thinking he knows how to play the game of basketball, or that he’s suddenly lost his mojo.
It’s just that Green is one of those guys that thrives when he’s got other playmakers around him. I don’t think that anyone, including Green, would try to say that he could be the best player on a contending team.
He’s just not that kind of guy. And that’s okay.
And while he couldn’t lead the depleted Dubs in the win column, his efforts with developing some of the younger players this past season will surely be felt the next time we see them on the court.
Since the Warriors aren’t going to Orlando to resume their season, that means they’ll be off until December. That’s an incredible amount of rest for the team as a whole including their stars who went to five straight NBA Finals.
I don’t think it would be wild to think that a return to form for Draymond Green would be impossible.