Warriors veteran Draymond Green’s quiet preseason is nothing to worry about
San Francisco, CA – The NBA preseason is officially over, and the Golden State Warriors have seen a lot of progress from multiple individuals. But When it comes to Draymond Green, progression wasn’t the thing displayed. Now is this a problem or not for the Dubs?
Green was the last player to report to training camp this year. He was away from the team to deal with a personal matter. Missing that time put him slightly behind. When he returned, he got straight to work.
On Sunday, Steve Kerr spoke to the media about his thoughts on Green’s performance in preseason and where his game is at right now for the Warriors.
Steve Kerr on Draymond Green: "I would say in a week or two, he'll be ready to play his full load of minutes. I think he's right where he needs to be, given that he missed those first few days."#DubNation
— Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba) October 17, 2021
“I would say in a week or two, he’ll be ready to play his full load of minutes. I think he’s right where he needs to be, given that he missed those first few days.”
Green’s points, rebounds, and assists were down during the Warriors preseason. Part of it was from not playing extended minutes, and some was him still getting into the flow of things. In four games, he averaged 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. But when you look at Green per 36 minutes which would be closer to his regular-season play, he averages 12.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists.
There is no reason Green can’t keep this pace for an entire season. It’s probably even safe to say he will perform even better once he’s in shape. So there is nothing to worry about when it comes to Green’s quiet preseason performance. The regular season is a different beast, and he and the Warriors will be ready come opening night.