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Draymond Green gets brutally honest about Warriors’ role in NBA’s ratings decline

Draymond Green

Fans like to watch good teams and exciting players — it’s as simple of that. With the NBA’s ratings reportedly down for this season, it’s easy to blame the fall of the Golden State Warriors — unquestionably the best and arguably most exciting team in the league for the past few seasons.

After winning three of the last five NBA Championships, it’s odd to see Golden State now at the bottom of the league with a 4-18 record.

“I do think something that plays a huge part in it is the Warriors definitely help boost the ratings and…not so much right now,” Warriors power forward Draymond Green said.

Green, the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is struggling in 2019 without his All-Star teammates. The undersized forward is averaging 8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

With star players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and D’Angelo Russell all out with injury, Golden State doesn’t have the same “pull” for viewers as they did in years past — something Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is willing to admit.

“I’m not the expert on this stuff but I don’t think it helps that Steph’s injured. I know he drives some ratings. … Obviously ratings are important, viewership is important and we need to put the best possible product on the floor,” Kerr said.

Whether the decline of the Warrior’s is the main reason for the decline or not, the NBA will likely do anything they can think of in order to drive ratings back up.

After Wednesday’s game against the Hornets, the Warriors will travel to Chicago to face off against the Bulls on Friday.