Warriors PF Draymond Green plans to channel inner Stephen Curry next season
Draymond Green has a new goal next season: shoot more than five threes per game for the Golden State Warriors.
That was a joke… kind of. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been asking the All-Star forward to start shooting more next season, and Green is ready to oblige. (Via NBC Sports)
“I’m going to always pass the ball,” Green said. “That’s what I enjoy doing and, also, I think I’m pretty decent at it. That’s a huge part of my role in this offense. So, I’ll always do that.
“But when the shot is there, take it. I’m going to do that.”
Newer fans may not know this, but Green used to be one of the better shooters in the Warriors lineup. He wasn’t lights-out like Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, but he made enough shots for defenses to respect him. Over time, though, Green started shooting less threes and made even less of them. Whether it’s due to the Warriors wanting him to be more of a facilitator or other reasons, we’ll never know.
However, it seems like Green’s ready to get back that shot. Warriors fans might worry about him bricking his shots, but the All-Star forward feels confident enough in his shot recently.
“My shot feels good. I’ve put a lot of work into it. It was working for me during the Olympics. You want to carry that over. It feels good. I’ll take it.”
The extra shooting will be very much appreciated by Curry and the Warriors. Opposing teams often game-planned for the Warriors by sticking their worst defender on Green. The logic was that since Green’s both an unwilling and inaccurate shooter, he’s basically a black hole for the team. Now, if Draymond’s shot pans out for the team, it’s going to be huge for the Warriors. What was once the team’s Achilles heel will now be their saving grace.