Still think Draymond Green is overrated? That common line of thinking should have vanished long ago, after the Golden State Warriors forward built on his breakout 2014-15 campaign by helping his team to 73 wins the following season and winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
Just in case any naysayers are holding out hope that Green is more a product of Golden State’s system than the driving force behind it, though, StatMuse’s Justin Kubatko unearthed a statistic that places his playoff production alongside three of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.
Draymond Green is the fourth player in NBA history to record 100+ rebounds and 100+ assists in at least five straight postseasons. The others are Magic Johnson (1982-1988), Larry Bird (1984-1988), and Michael Jordan (1989-1993).
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) May 15, 2019
Not bad company.
Longevity and team success, of course, play a huge factor in Green accomplishing this feat. The Warriors have played in four consecutive NBA Finals, and after Tuesday’s blowout win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, appear poised to play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy for a fifth straight season – a streak that would be the second-longest in NBA history behind that of Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics.
Green, obviously, wouldn’t be able to reach such impressive counting statistics in terms rebounds and assists if Golden State bowed out sooner when it mattered most. But this accomplishment is also a worthwhile reminder of his health, consistency, and time-honored ability to raise his game to a new level in the postseason. Green averages 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game for his career in the playoffs, numbers significantly higher than those he’s put up during the regular season.
No one is saying Green belongs with the likes of Johnson, Bird, and Jordan toward the very the top of the league’s historical individual hierarchy. But he’s certainly one of the most valuable, productive players for a team still in the midst of its dynasty, and is a surefire Hall-of-Famer as a result.