Strickland: Green Great "Complementary" Player

Draymond Green is good, but he's even better playing with three superstars

Taz and the Moose
June 05, 2018 - 9:51 am

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Draymond Green almost always brings great energy to the Golden State Warriors. This we know. But sometimes he brings a little too much, which can result in foul trouble, a technical here and there, an altercation with the opposition – the list goes on. 

He’s at his best, perhaps, when he straddles the line between what is acceptable and what isn’t.

“I think it can go both ways,” 17-year NBA vet Rod Strickland said on Taz & The Moose. “I think sometimes he can go too far, but he’s a great complementary player. He does all the dirty work, he brings the energy, he’s antagonistic, he gets under the other team’s skin – but he does all the little things. So he’s great to play with.”

Green, in fact, leads the Warriors in rebounds (11.4), assists (8.1), steals (2.0) and blocks (1.5) this postseason. He’s fourth on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game, but when you play with Kevin Durant (28.7), Steph Curry (25.8) and Klay Thompson (20.6), you don’t need to score; you just need to get those guys the ball.

“I think he’s so lucky because he’s playing with three great players,” Strickland said. “Now his game is elevated. People are looking at him in a different kind of way. If you put him in a different situation and you put him on a team without those three guys – not to discredit him, but I don’t know if he’s that same guy and he makes the same impact. He’s real impactful now, but he has three bonafide (stars). So all he has to do is play his part – and he plays it well."