Doug Gottlieb says Warriors’ Draymond Green has a ‘decent chance’ at making the Hall of Fame
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is a three-time NBA champion. He has twice been named to an All-NBA team while making one of the All-Defensive teams five times, including winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. In spite of these accomplishments, however, Fox Sports personality and basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb said on his radio show that Green merely has a “decent chance” at being elected into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
“Dak Prescott is Draymond Green. I don’t think Dak Prescott to this point is going into the Hall of Fame. And I would say there’s a better than decent chance that Draymond Green goes to the Hall of Fame — and that’s mostly because the teams that he’s been on have won NBA championships.
“I think if you lined up every NBA player, Draymond Green is probably not a Top 40 guy. He’s just not. In terms of his skillset, you can’t put Draymond Green as one of your two best players and think to yourself, ‘All right, we’re gonna go to the playoffs.’
“On the other hand, with the Golden State Warriors he’s been unbelievable. He brings value to them, they bring value to him. They’re way better off with him than they are without him. He can guard all five positions, he can be almost like their point guard and play center defensively.”
Green might not put up the most prolific numbers during the regular season, but he has proven to be a different animal in the playoffs. In 123 postseason games, Green is averaging 12.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals, stuffing the stat sheet with triple-doubles and consistently looking like the heart and soul of the Warriors.
Aside from the accolades and the playoff performances, Green is also only 29 years old. He has plenty of career left, and plenty of time to prove to skeptics like Gottlieb that he should be a lock for the Hall of Fame.