The Warriors 2nd most valuable player | Draymond Green

  • Published: 25 May 2019
  • Draymond Green rarely scores and his raw stats are unimpressive, but he's incredibly important to what the Golden State Warriors do. Is he more valuable to them than Klay Thompson? Or even Kevin Durant? Does he make the Death lineup and Hamptons 5 possible? This detailed film breakdown & scouting report examine his strengths and weaknesses while incorporating analytics & stats to assess his overall impact.

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    Ben Taylor is the author of Thinking Basketball, a Nylon Calculus contributor, creator of the Backpicks Top 40 series & host of the Thinking Basketball podcast.

    Stats courtesy: @bballport

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Comments • 492

  • Thinking Basketball
    Thinking Basketball   4 weeks back

    To summarize the idea: Adding offensive players to Curry or Curry/Klay has diminishing returns, but Draymond's defensive value is (1) large and (2) incredibly hard to replace. Additionally, his unique skills allow Golden State to play these small-ball lineups *without* losing much on defense (teams usually sacrifice defense for offense when they go small) AND Green's playmaking optimizes offensive players who cut & shoot well.

    Also, classic typo: His scoring rate on the final slide should read 1st%.

    • Icecube88
      Icecube88  2 weeks back

      @kostas pap and these nba finals are showing he doesn't know much

    • kostas pap
      kostas pap  2 weeks back

      @Icecube88 u r funny kid...u think u know even 1/3 of this guy about basketball? typical example of an insect that tries to judge an elephant...

    • Icecube88
      Icecube88  2 weeks back

      video didn't age well. finals got you exposed.

    • Blueblur 22
      Blueblur 22  3 weeks back

      Nice vid but it's biggest flaw is that it only highlights Green skills. So it's a bit one sided. You'd be able to make a stronger argument if you highlight Durant and Klay's skill-set as well so you could compare. With that said, is Draymond the 2nd most valuable player on the Warriors? Well before KD got there perhaps(strong argument between him, Klay and Iggy who was really only in contendership their 1st championship) but after Durant arrived there's no question he is not. Since Durant has arrived, the two most valuable players have clearly been Curry and Durant. There's a reason why the offense revolves around those 2 or why they consistently finish higher in regular season MVP voting or Finals MVP voting.

    • kostas pap
      kostas pap  4 weeks back

      he is underrated smart...both in offense and defense...and i believe the same about being the 2nd most valuable player...more valuable than Klay maybe even Durant

  • Perellie
    Perellie  4 days back

    Shut upppppp LMFAO

    • Jabong’z Vlog
      Jabong’z Vlog  6 days back

      Dirtiest Player Bad behavior

      • PlanetJohn
        PlanetJohn  6 days back

        awesome analysis, you mention curry and green being a great combination. Can you explain how the Toronto Raptors were able to neutralize Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry? Please, and thanks

        • Aaron Li
          Aaron Li  1 weeks back

          These analysis look pretty bad now that the warriors lost lmao.

          • Isaiah W. EJ25
            Isaiah W. EJ25  1 weeks back

            I still hate him. I wish he'd close his mouth! Damn mouth breather! But he is an amazing player. Still couldn't beat my Raptors though 😄

            • Icecube88
              Icecube88  1 weeks back

              you have been exposed my man. nba finals complete.

              • mango slug
                mango slug  2 weeks back

                Lmao you can delete this video now

                • SC
                  SC  2 weeks back

                  Thinking Basketball,he is good  player but KD is second most valuable player and he proved that last night

                  • Valentin Yi
                    Valentin Yi  2 weeks back

                    Who would kick the opponent's balls if Draymond wasn't there?

                    • recycledone
                      recycledone  2 weeks back

                      Boy you are out of control with your KD agenda. Thank god the Raptors are exposing your hipster takes.

                      • Iam awaterbottle
                        Iam awaterbottle  2 weeks back

                        He's at 18+ percent now for 3s defence literally ignores him and double teams others, is it really worth to have him stay on the court ? Esp with durant down?

                        • John Nguyen
                          John Nguyen  2 weeks back

                          I think the stats have changed on whether the Warriors play better without KD or not.

                          • Icecube88
                            Icecube88  2 weeks back

                            my goodness this video did not age very well at all. watching nba finals right now game 4.

                            • Jazzmaster0887
                              Jazzmaster0887  3 weeks back

                              After game 3, LMFAO at this video!

                              • Icecube88
                                Icecube88  3 weeks back

                                watching game 3 of the nba finals right now. this video didn't age well.

                                • Icecube88
                                  Icecube88  3 weeks back

                                  @Good Man true

                                • Good Man
                                  Good Man  3 weeks back

                                  Don't mind them, they just can't appreciate KD's greatness.

                              • David Sasse
                                David Sasse  3 weeks back

                                Draymond Green is a basketball savant.

                                • CodeJunkies
                                  CodeJunkies  3 weeks back

                                  Tie between Klay and Draymond imo, despite your massive info dump

                                  • R S
                                    R S  3 weeks back

                                    100% agree with this. He's the most underrated player in the NBA. Even with his triple-doubles, he does so much that doesn't make the boxscore.

                                    • Al
                                      Al  3 weeks back

                                      The combo of steph Draymond and klay is a truly special and a unique combination we may never see again.

                                      • Kevin170077
                                        Kevin170077  3 weeks back

                                        This didnt last so well

                                        • Logan Eakle
                                          Logan Eakle  3 weeks back

                                          Extremely accurate and astute observation on how Draymond is able to effectively protect the rim.

                                          • Icecube88
                                            Icecube88  3 weeks back

                                            this dude and the people commentating are getting exposed hard right now in the finals. raptors up 1 without KD. they cannot win this finals without KD. but the dude behind the channel and these commentators think they can.

                                            • recycledone
                                              recycledone  2 weeks back

                                              Bunch of hipsters trying to diminish KD. What's most hurtful is the OKC core if they didn't foolishly trade Harden was much better than the Warriors' but now these clowns try to act like they invented basketball. Find me another core which reached the finals at 21/22 on average. You can't. It should have been a dynasty.

                                          • Harambe
                                            Harambe  3 weeks back

                                            1:38 cmon bruh

                                            • Oliver Phippen
                                              Oliver Phippen  3 weeks back

                                              EVERY TIME DREYMOND GREEN SMILES REMINDS US OF A PRIMATE

                                              • Mark L.earns
                                                Mark L.earns  4 weeks back

                                                This video is like poetry for basketball enthusiasts that understand the game! Thank you sir!

                                                • Severian Wintermute
                                                  Severian Wintermute  4 weeks back

                                                  He's a wannabe Rodman.

                                                  • F Grizz31
                                                    F Grizz31  4 weeks back

                                                    He's very valuable to the team, defense and passing is his mastery he didn't need to shoot

                                                    • F Grizz31
                                                      F Grizz31  4 weeks back

                                                      Stats don't lie 💪💪💪

                                                      • DeMystery Man
                                                        DeMystery Man  4 weeks back

                                                        True love for basketball is measured in how deeply one loves and appreciates Draymond's game. Absolutely beautiful to watch.

                                                        • Jason Fung
                                                          Jason Fung  4 weeks back

                                                          Never realized his passes are like back shoulder throws from Aaron Rodgers. The defender only sees it when it's too late. Awesome video.

                                                          • kenny lee
                                                            kenny lee  4 weeks back

                                                            Wonderful breakdown. Playoff Dray ftw.

                                                            • gosstopher
                                                              gosstopher  4 weeks back

                                                              Poor man's Ben Simmons.

                                                              • Kibo Smorzando
                                                                Kibo Smorzando  4 weeks back

                                                                raptors watching this

                                                                • vee tour
                                                                  vee tour  4 weeks back

                                                                  1:36 Bell you gotta finish that dunk!

                                                                  • Everett Naylor
                                                                    Everett Naylor  4 weeks back

                                                                    ive been saying this and getting laughed at for years. thank you.

                                                                    • Victor Rafih
                                                                      Victor Rafih  4 weeks back

                                                                      Do one of this on devin booker

                                                                      • Diesel Diesel
                                                                        Diesel Diesel  4 weeks back

                                                                        Draymond is a first ballot HOFer. I don't give a shit.

                                                                        • Diesel Diesel
                                                                          Diesel Diesel  4 weeks back

                                                                          that backwards-jumping block attempt is the stuff of legend. that's some of the best shot defense i've ever seen -- remarkably low chance of fouling while maintaining the exact same pressure as if you'd just bumped him, plus it has the added benefit of possibly throwing the shooter off; he expects contact and anticipates adjusting for it, but never gets the contact and lets the the shot go off wrong

                                                                          • Connor McMatthews
                                                                            Connor McMatthews  4 weeks back

                                                                            When the finals are over you should post your top50 player ranking

                                                                            • James B
                                                                              James B  4 weeks back

                                                                              Your voice is so sexy

                                                                              • Jan Nelle
                                                                                Jan Nelle  4 weeks back

                                                                                2nd? You mean first

                                                                                • CanIBeZeroun
                                                                                  CanIBeZeroun  4 weeks back

                                                                                  I been tryna tell em

                                                                                  • Peyton Mannings Forehead

                                                                                    Can you do one on DLO

                                                                                    • g barnwell
                                                                                      g barnwell  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Know your role. Play to your strengths. He is not a great jump shooter but makes it up defensively and making others better. I say he is the best MSU player SINCE Magic. Selfmade. Great player break down

                                                                                      • PH ETC
                                                                                        PH ETC  4 weeks back

                                                                                        if bucks won it'll be a sweep for gsw

                                                                                        • Block C
                                                                                          Block C  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Draymond benefits from shooters that draw double teams every night,,,stop lieing on any other team Draymond fade away like a hooker at block party!!!

                                                                                          • Raps United
                                                                                            Raps United  4 weeks back

                                                                                            You should do kyle lowry!