Warriors’ Draymond Green gets a D from Kendrick Perkins for disappointing season
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins wasn’t a fan of Draymond Green’s 2019-20 campaign.
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Jump” on ESPN, Perkins explained why Green disappointed him this season.
“Draymond disappointed me this season,” the former NBA big man said. “I thought with the injury to Klay (Thompson) and the injury to Steph (Curry) he was gonna elevate his game offensively and shock the world. With him getting $100 million in the contract extension, I thought Draymond was gonna come out and prove a point.
Furthermore, Perkins explained that after the Golden State Warriors loss Kevin Durant in free agency, he expected Draymond Green to have an explosive season, like how he did during the 2016-17 campaign.
“Also with them losing Kevin Durant, I thought we would see ‘Defensive Player of the Year Draymond’ … (but) he took a few steps backwards,” Perkins said. My expectations for Draymond Green were a little bit higher and he didn’t achieve it.”
Perkins believed without having Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, or Kevin Durant on the court with him, Green’s game would blossom. However, that wasn’t the case this season, as he had arguably one of the worst seasons in his career. The 30-year-old averaged only 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists in 28.4 minutes. Additionally, the three-time champion shot below 39 percent from the field and less than 28 percent from three-point range.
Needless to say, Green is known for taking things to the heart from his critiques, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he has a huge season in 2020-21.