Draymond Green got lost in the offensive glitz at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. The Golden State Warriors’ power forward didn’t even start. But he’s worthy of making first-team all-NBA this year, and he darn well better make the U.S. Olympic team this summer.
Green is having one of the great all-purpose seasons in NBA history. Only one player ever has averaged 10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 1 block a game. LeBron James did it three times. Green is averaging 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks.
Nobody ever has done that. Plus the 6-7 Green is the defensive catalyst for the Warriors, because he’s tough enough to guard all five positions, including center.
How important is he to the Warriors? He leads them in assists, passes and touches. He touches the ball more than LeBron. He leads the NBA with 10 triple-doubles. The previous record for a power forward in a season was six. The last player to average 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists was Grant Hill in ’97.
Green also shoots 42 percent from three. And he plays with fire. He’s the Warriors’ heart and soul, their Darryl Talley.