Kevin Durant says Warriors need Draymond Green’s scoring
The Golden State Warriors have been a torrid scoring machine in recent years, influencing the league with their 3-point shooting and ball movement. But the defending champs are not as dominant as usual this season. The team may have one solution as star forward Kevin Durant says that Golden State needs Draymond Green to score more.
The Athletic’s Anthony Slater got Durant on video talking about the Warriors’ need for Green to find his scoring touch:
Kevin Durant on Draymond Green: “We know he gives us defense and passing, but we need him to score.” pic.twitter.com/YI31ypte4Y
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 20, 2018
Green had eight points on 4-of-10 shooting in a 108-103 loss to the Utah Jazz, which dropped the Warriors to 21-11 on the season.
Green, who has missed 14 games this season due to an injury, is averaging just 6.5 points per game, his lowest output since 2014. However, he’s still an all-around force for the team, averaging 7.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists on the season.
Still, a more aggressive Draymond on offense gives the Warriors more opportunities to score easily. Opposing teams have been anticipating Green to pass the ball all the time, causing the defense to sag off him and focus more on Golden State’s shooters.
It remains to be seen if Draymond can improve on his lowly 18.9 percent clip from beyond the arc, but a green light from his teammates could be the confidence booster the flamboyant All-Star needs.