By Alex Moss on August 9, 2014
Everyone loves Draymond Green. He has made that clear through his emphatic play late last season and into the playoffs, during which he seemingly never took a possession off. Green has asserted his place as an integral rotation piece and even as a capable starter, especially in small-ball lineups in which he can play the 4. To prove his coming out party last season was real, here are five things Green needs to improve.
Green’s free throw shooting regressed significantly in his sophomore season. As an aggressive player in the paint who fearlessly attacks bigger power forwards, Green needs to be able to not only get to the line but also sink his free throws.
Green has shown he is a gifted passer from the high post and can fit in with Coach Steve Kerr’s vision. However, Green needs to improve his court vision and work on finding open teammates to really unlock his potential as a passer. If Green does so, the Warriors offense will reap fantastic dividends.
Last season, Green shot only about 45 percent from the field, despite playing heavy minutes at power forward. A large reason for this is his inability to shoot from 3 to 10 feet from the hoop, a necessary shot for a player who functions in the paint and around the rim as much as Green does. If Green is able to nail a higher percentage of these short jumpers, he can become a real threat at the 4.
For all of his great attributes, Green could be pretty sloppy while handling the ball, taking unnecessary risks that would lead to turnovers. Additionally, many of Green’s turnovers were the result of offensive fouls, which are entirely avoidable and will improve as Green gets more experience in the NBA. The more Green works through the Warriors’ offensive sets, the better he will get at avoiding unnecessary turnovers.
Especially during the playoffs series with the Los Angeles Clippers, Green was asked to become a long-range sniper at the power forward position. Under Kerr’s new system, Green will most likely be asked to stretch the floor more often, so Green must become at least a league-average shooter from deep. This would allow the Warriors to establish an unguardable four-out system around Andrew Bogut with four capable three-point shooters.
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