For Golden State Warriors fans, Draymond Green is a one of a kind player. Yet, others regard him as just an overrated one who happens to play for the league’s best team
Draymond Green’s unmatched energy, passion, intensity and unselfishness are just some of the attributes that make him a truly, One of a Kind player. He is the Heart and Soul of the Golden State Warriors.
A guy who revolutionized the power forward position as an undersized player who could dominate in almost all statistical categories. Yet, not everyone is a fan of this former Spartan, who has had his share of unnecessary antics, to say the least.
As a result, some regard Mr. Draymond Green as simply, an overrated player who just happens to play for the best team in the NBA (record-wise) for the past three seasons.
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According to stats.nba.com, Draymond Green in 56 games played has an average +/- of +11.1 per game. In the 47 wins, in which he was a part of, his +/- average was at +14.3. While in the nine losses, his +/- average was at -5.7.
As for double-doubles, he has had 15, so far. Then, for Triple-doubles he has had four, so far, this season.
In the nine losses that the Warriors have had, Green, ironically, averaged 12.9 points per game, which was 3.3 points higher than what he averaged in their wins. He also shot 50.6 percent from the field in all their losses. On the contrary he only shot 41 percent during their wins.
Yet, Green’s three-point percentage and free throw percentage in losses were, significantly, down compared to their wins. Green only shot 20.7 percent from three-point distance, which was 13.5 percentage points lower than his shooting in wins.
He also just shot 57.1 percent from the free throw line, which was also 13.5 percentage points lower than his free throw shooting in wins.
In terms of rebounding, Green averaged 7.6 rebounds in losses, which was a little lower than his 8.2 average in wins. His assists were also down to 5.2 compared to the 7.6 he averaged in wins.
His turnovers went up to 3.2, which was 0.9 higher than his average in wins. Then, his average in blocks was only 0.8, which was only half of what he averaged in wins. Furthermore, he also averaged more fouls in losses (3.3) than in wins (2.9).
How does Draymond Green really impact the Golden State Warriors this season? Is he a one of a kind type or just an overrated player?
It was interesting to see how Draymond Green’s numbers changed when they were playing at Oracle compared to when they were on the road. So far, he has played 28 home games and also, 28 road games. Though his points per game (10.5) was higher when playing on the road than at home (9.6), his overall efficiency was always better when they played at home. His +/- average at home was at +14.0, while on the road it was only at +8.3.
All in all, Draymond Green, like it or not, really has a major impact to the Warriors. Though, statistically, it is quite evident that he is not the one carrying the load offensively. Still, his impact roots from his overall game. The Warriors need him to rebound, assist and defend at a high rate on a consistent basis. For most often than not, it results into wins for them.
In line with this, even if the numbers look good and suggest that Mr. Green does impact the game in a big way. Still, the team must monitor and control the unnecessary antics of Green such as flailing his legs towards sensitive parts of other players or even, punching, to name a few. To simply put it, Draymond Green needs to be on the floor to be effective.
The stats indicate that Draymond Green is not overrated. Yet, the real measure of Draymond Green’s greatness can never be measured by anyone except for himself. He is the only one who can ensure that the real and dominant Draymond Green shows up on a nightly basis.