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Warriors’ Steve Kerr gives encouraging take on Draymond Green’s impact this season

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Despite Draymond Green’s apparent struggles to begin the season, the Golden State Warriors are actually playing their best basketball so far in the 2020-21 campaign. While the three-time All-Star forward has taken flak for his slow start, Dubs head coach Steve Kerr still loves what he’s seeing from Green.

“I don’t think Draymond is in his best shape yet. So I think it’s really encouraging that he’s playing as well as he is,” Kerr described Green’s play on Thursday, per Wes Goldberg of Bay Area News Group. 

In his first 10 games of the season for the Warriors, Draymond Green is compiling career-lows of 4.8 points, 4,9 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.2 steals. Moreover, his shooting woes continue, making just 35.6 percent of his shots from the field and just 25 percent from deep.

It is worth noting that the one-time Defensive Player of the Year injured his foot after being cleared from the COVID-19 protocol at the start of the season. Green, himself, earlier admitted that his conditioning is currently not at the level he wants to be at the moment. 

Green notched nine points and six assists in the Dubs’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs in their last outing. So far, he has only scored in double figures once in his first 10 games. Still, the 30-year-old forward has never really been considered much of a scorer and does a lot of great things that do not appear on the box score. Green is also being lauded for his close mentoring of the Warriors promising rookie center James Wiseman.