CJ McCollum calls Draymond Green a ‘unique asset’ and the ‘ultimate help defender’ for Warriors
McCollum and the Trail Blazers had a terrific run this season, as Portland made it into the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000. Their run ended after they hit a brick wall, losing to the defending champions in the conference finals in four games.
Based on his experience facing the Warriors this season, McCollum believes that Green is a “unique asset” for the Dubs. One does not have to be rocket scientist to know that Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the main guns of Golden State, but McCollum believes that Green is the one “who makes their team go.”
“He’s a very unique asset,” McCollum said of Green on his podcast, via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports. “His defensive presence — being able to guard five guys. He can guard pick-and-rolls. He can guard in the post. He’s the ultimate help defender.”
Green has sacrificed a lot in offense since the arrival of Durant three years ago. The 29-year-old forward averaged just 7.4 points this season, which is a far cry from his career-high of 14.0 points before Durant joined the Warriors.
However, those sacrifices are certainly all worth it, as the team has a chance to win their third straight title and fourth in five years.