Despite two NBA championships and a handful of records, the Golden State Warriors are still taking turns on putting the whole league on notice. With Kevin Durant being among the top shot-blockers in the league, and Stephen Curry fresh-off his casual game-winning 3-pointer against the Dallas Mavericks, it’s Golden State’s vocal leader, Draymond Green, who’s getting a share of the spotlight next.
Green had a big stat line in Thursday night’s 124-1114 road win over the Houston Rockets, and the Warriors made sure they gave ‘Dray’ the love.
Draymond Green is now the Dubs' franchise leader in triple-doubles 💪 #NBAVote pic.twitter.com/16FpROsT9J
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 5, 2018
It was Green’s 24th career triple-double (21 in the regular season and three in the playoffs), and the Warriors are a perfect 24-0 when he does. Score points, fight for rebounds, create plays for teammates, swat shots, swipe, name it and the do-it-all forward will do it.
His triple-doubles are only half of what Green brings to the table, though. He is an elite defender, and as the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, he’s the main reason why the Warriors — aside from being one of most unstoppable offenses in recent memory — are also boasting the best defense in the NBA.
He doesn’t really pass the eye test. He’s undersized for his position. He’s not the quickest. He doesn’t jump the highest. But he makes up for all these with high basketball IQ and unparalleled desire.
The Dubs are have the best record in the NBA at 31-8, and they are currently the only team to be top five in both offensive and defensive ratings.
We’re guessing Draymond Green had a lot to do with that status.