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Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Will Draymond Green make the Hall of Fame?

Draymond Green has been a vital piece to the Golden State Warriors for so many years. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his contributions which have lead to the overall success of the team. You can even make the argument that the Warriors probably wouldn’t win three NBA championships in the last five years if it wasn’t for Green as he was an excellent defender and was a threat to notch up a triple double on any given night. As he has been popularly regarded as the heart of the Warriors and one of the best defensive players in the league, is this enough for him to make it to the Hall of Fame? Let’s dive in.

1. Accolades

  • Three All-Star team selections
  • Three NBA Championships
  • Five All-Defensive Team selections – three 1st and two 2nd team selections
  • Two All-NBA nods – once on both the 2nd and 3rd teams
  • One Defensive Player of the Year award

Draymond Green has good credentials under his belt. However, it doesn’t seem so beefy enough to gain much momentum in his pursuit of the Hall of Fame. This is because members usually have MVP awards, scoring titles, or other more noteworthy achievements. In Green’s case, his most impressive one is his DPOY award back in 2017. His other accomplishments also seem to stem from the overall direction of his team, rather than individual success. Other than that, he doesn’t have much to show for.

2. Stats

  • Career average of 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game
  • Shot 43%/31%/71% from the field, 3-point land and free throw line, respectively

When you think of Hall of Fame stats, there’s usually a wow-factor involved that can sweep you off your feet. In this department, Draymond Green looks absolutely underwhelming as none of his stats even make double digits. If you would like to check if he at least has been improving recently, then the 2019-2020 season would also be a bad argument as he shot almost a career-low 38% from the field and 27% from 3-point land. It’s not looking good so far.

3. Potential

  • Current age: 30 years old
  • Mileage: 8 seasons with a total of 699 games played (regular season + playoffs)

While 30 years old is still relatively young in the NBA, Draymond Green has also already played in a ton of games for the past 8 seasons. An argument can be made both ways where one can say that he still has time left with a few more productive years, or it could be said that he is on the tail end of his career as evidenced by his declining stats. At this point in time, it’s a coin flip.

What’s the verdict? Draymond Green is not worthy of being added to the Hall of Fame as of this date. Despite his accolades and the defensive praise that he gets, there’s just not enough arguments to be made at the end of the day. If he can drastically improve his offensive game while sustaining his defensive efficiency, then that might increase his chances. However, he still needs to bag more accolades to be taken into consideration. Basketball-reference has Green’s Hall of Fame chances at 30%, which is justifiable to say the least.