Draymond Green’s value and impact shone in the win over the Clippers

With the progression of the season and Golden State Warriors In trying to extricate themselves from the dirt early in the season, one thing is becoming more apparent.

The Warriors may have to give Draymond Green what he wants.

Of course, this is largely out of their hands. Green has an upcoming player option worth approximately $27.6 million; It is up to him whether he wants to take that money or become an unrestricted free agent, earlier than expected. It’s one outcome that the Warriors can only pray to the basketball gods for.

Green is in complete control of his destiny – but in some ways, his options are limited. Throughout his 11-year career with the Warriors, he was rooted in an ecosystem that brought out the best of his talents.

Green’s success and vision are at a high enough level to be considered elite, but no one can deny that having an offensive partner in Stephen Curry elevates these skill sets to the stratosphere. Combined with a system built around Curry’s all-time great offense and fulfilling his ability to be the ultimate conductor and pivot, Green has known nothing but success throughout the decade he’s donned a Warriors jersey.

One can count on the fact that Green may not team up well with other teams, at least in terms of offensive fitness. The other side of this coin is that two teams with similar employees can approximate the type of environment in which Green thrives – namely, Portland Trail Blazers With Damian Lillard as Carrie’s look-alike.

But this scenario is far from possible in the future. Nowadays, Green shows — as he always has — that his value to the Warriors has never wavered or completely disappeared, even while he’s been at the center of several controversies that have even alienated his fan base and threatened to tear the team apart. Camaraderie and culture.

Green’s latest example of value to the team: his entry as a second unit anchor. Before the match vs Los Angeles ClippersSteve Kerr made clear his intent to inject Green’s energy and influence into giving life to struggling bench units.

The five-man no-man line-ups of the Warriors’ five on the floor together have struggled tremendously. They are outscored by an average of 8.9 points per 100 possessions, with offensive and defensive efficiency marks well below league averages, in Cleaning the Glass.

Part of this problem was the lack of “adult” in second unit configurations, particularly those starting in the second and fourth quarters. The offense of dealing with players who act as the metaphorical connective tissue that keeps them together was a rarity every time Curry and Green sat down.

Those expected to act as conductors and hubs did not live up to expectations. Jamaica Green was greatly disappointed. Donte DiVincenzo, while impressive in locations, was not enough; Jonathan Cuminga has yet to develop into this type of player. James Wiseman in the G League is trying to prove he can be an NBA level player.

As such, Kerr made the executive decision to deploy his best conductor to save his surrogates — and the effects were felt immediately.

One thing that shows with Green as the second unit anchor is how much of a ball it pops. The recession is the death of Warriors basketball, and the second unit has had plenty of moments where its possessions died with a whimper. Green serves as a much needed EpiPen syringe; The ball never stops moving, but most importantly the players never stop moving.

Advantages are created – just as in the example above, the sliding screen by Andrew Wiggins creates a stack, with Green being the facilitator responsible for completing it.

Even in messy possessions without rhyme or reason, Greene’s presence gives the bench crowd plenty of opportunity to generate quality looks.

It is Green’s effort on the boards and dexterity in kicking them immediately towards the perimeter – mindful of a defense that is in no condition to rotate in an orderly fashion – that leads to the three Wiggins above.

Even the smallest nuances are noticed and fully utilized when Green is on the ground. Only someone of his gaming industry caliber could have noticed something as subtle as Jordan Paul putting up a sneak pinning screen, creating three open screens Wiggins — shooting 43.5% in 6.8 attempts per game — quietly.

This goes without saying, but the benefits of having Green on the floor with bench units include the defensive end of the floor. With him being the little ball five, the ability to switch and keep things flat, keep the ball on top, and prevent all sorts of feature creation is amplified.

In Green’s seven minutes with the second unit to start the second quarter, the Warriors edged the Clippers by four points; During his stint in the fourth quarter before Curry recombined at the 7:10 mark, the Warriors outscored the Clippers by five points — providing an easy fix for Kerr and the problems he had to deal with in terms of bench combinations.

In a macro sense, Green’s value and influence have always been a must for the Warriors. Being able to unlock what makes Curry so great as an offensive player – and also being able to unlock what makes the Warriors such a powerful offensive team – is well within his wheelhouse.

Ex: The ability to push the pace in transition and catch a reverse defense off guard is made possible by Green’s ball handling, speed, and quick tackle.

Green arguably has the highest level of situational awareness in the league. His relationship with Carrie is close to telepathic. When defenses come into play at Curry, Green knows how to take full advantage.

But the thing that has arguably impressed me most about Green this season is his aggression and willingness to finish in prime situations. The Clippers are as well trained on defense as any team in the league – there’s a reason they’re currently the second-strongest defensive team in the league, with Milwaukee Bucks in front of them.

Of all people, Ty Lue knows that sending two bodies toward Curry around the ball screens requires chopping them into a short lap.

When Green is the shortstop decision-maker, Lue made sure to tell his players to sit on Green’s many passing options, knowing full well that Green would rather pass than finish off possession himself.

However, Green has upped his aggression level:

Green put up a trademark streak against the Clippers: 9 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. The Warriors outscored the Clippers by 21 points during his 33 minutes on the floor, including a crucial bench unit stretch where he drove off a former scrimmage unit and snapped it.

Warriors outnumber opponents 9.6 points per 100 possessions In the 459 unlevered minutes Green has played this season. The majority of that was due to being paired with Curry on the floor; Prior to this night, Kerr had been pretty reluctant to separate the duo.

With Green starting in the second and fourth quarters, his on/off numbers may not be as stratospheric as he would be in a partnership with Curry—but as Green said after the game, that may not be what his job as bench anchor requires.

Green’s value was never about raw count stats, and chest points didn’t really capture his influence. That he was considered overrated in some circles had the ironic effect of actually making him one of the most underrated players of this generation.

Numbers never really mattered with Green — until they finally do, when contract talks start to come to fruition. By then, the matter of the numbers that really matter — those for ownership’s bottom line, or those for Green — will have been settled.

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