The only thing Draymond Green is missing in the first 10 games of the NBA season is his points.
Even with the addition of seven-time All-star Kevin Durant, the power forward leads the Warriors in rebounds (10.1), assists (7.1), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.6). Proving he is still a legitimate All-star.
He’s averaging 10.9 points per game, which is his lowest since his second NBA season, when he was a reserve.
The team distributes a tangible amount of shots to Durant (27.7 points per game), Stephen Curry (27.2 PPG) and Klay Thompson (18.8 PPG). But Green explained to ESPN that scoring isn’t about being sacrificial on this squad; it’s about being smart.
“I do turn down some shots, but I think that’s just basketball knowledge,” Green said to ESPN. “If I’m open and KD’s open, if you’re smart, you throw the ball to KD and let him shoot it. If I’m open and Steph’s open, if you have any type of sense, you throw the ball to him and let him shoot it. If I’m open and Klay is open, if you have any brainpower, you’ll throw the ball to him and let him shoot it. So that’s just the way I play the game of basketball.”
“I think I’m one of the best players in the NBA,” Green said to ESPN. “Am I going to go out and score 30 every night? Absolutely not. But I didn’t say I was one of the best scorers. I think I’m one of the best players, and I think anybody should believe that. I think if you don’t believe that, you’re failing yourself, and you’re not allowing yourself to be that … But I don’t say that in a sense of, ‘Oh, I’m one of the best. I’m better than Steph, I’m better than KD.’ Like, that isn’t me. When I just look at the game, that’s how I feel.
“But the things that I do are more self-gratifying than anything. I don’t do something to say, ‘Man, I wonder if they saw that screen I just set. I wonder if they saw what I just did to help him get that bucket.’ I don’t do that, but I’ll run down the court feeling amazing about it. That’s just kind of how I am.”