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The Golden State Warriors had a meeting with veteran forward Draymond Green to address the elephant in the room: His scoring, or lack thereof.
The Golden State Warriors need more from Draymond Green.
The veteran has been key to their success over the years, but in 2020-21, a particular deficiency in his game became a bigger issue than ever before.
So general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr addressed the issue.
Green was the first player in the history of the NBA to have more rebounds and assists than points in a single season. That’s simultaneously impressive and concerning for the Warriors. He averaged 7.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game.
Green’s impact all over the court is clear. He’s just not as good at putting the ball inside the hoop as he is at everything else.
Draymond Green’s scoring has dipped significantly
It’s not that Green couldn’t hit shots. He shot 44.7 percent from the floor. However, he attempted a mere 6.9 attempts per 36 minutes, ranking 15th among all Warriors.
Golden State wants him on the court, but they also need him to be more of a scoring threat. His lack of offensive production encourages opposing defenses to focus more attention on the other four players on the court without having to worry about Green beating them.
During the Warriors’ run of five consecutive NBA Finals appearances, Green averaged double-digit scoring, so he can definitely bring more to the table. It was only in the 2018-19 season when his scoring average plummeted, and it hasn’t recovered since.
It made some sense for Green to take fewer shots when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were dominating the scoresheet. But even then he scored 10 points per game or more, and this past season, the team didn’t have the luxury of those superstars. Durant left for Brooklyn and Thompson had a long-term injury. A seven-point scoring average was never going to cut it.
Truth be told, this intervention probably should have come sooner. The Warriors could have used more scoring from Green in 2019 and 2020 as well.