This probably isn’t a secret to anyone that pays attention to the NBA or the Golden State Warriors, but Draymond Green isn’t going to be an integral part for the Warriors in the 2013-2014 season. Though he can play both forward positions, it appears that he is going to be the third man at both the small and power forwards.
As a rookie last season, Green wasn’t exactly a revelation. In 79 games he averaged just 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 13.4 minutes per game. However, Green shot only 32.7 percent from the floor and just 20.9 percent from three. For his limited role, he was actually relatively solid on defense, earning 1.6 defensive win shares as a rookie.
If Green were to accept a role in limited minutes as a defensive threat, that would be one thing. However, Green seems enamored with the idea, at least judging from his play, of being an offensive threat as well.
Last season, Green averaged 8.7 field goal attempts and 2.3 three-point attempts per 36 minutes. In a vacuum, that’s not an egregious amount of shots that he was putting up. However, when you couple all of the attempts he was jacking up with his abysmal shooting percentages, then it becomes a bit problematic for the team.
The Warriors have to develop Green, both mentally and on the floor, to settling into a niche as a defensive player. He’s got solid length, strength and surprising quickness, which gives him a lot of versatility as a defender. However, if he continues to jack up shots in his limited minutes when he doesn’t necessarily need to, his defense isn’t going to matter as much. Green may not be a big part of Golden State’s plan for this season, but if he wants to have a future with the team, he needs to settle down on offense.