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.

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Comments • 546

  • Thinking Basketball
    Thinking Basketball   4 months 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%.

    • oti nane
      oti nane  3 weeks back

      @ethan In any perspective switching KD for draymond green would make your team better overall. I cannot think of many scenarios that it would not.

      Putting KD in almost any of the top 5 teams of the nba would make them instantly favorites to win the title.If you tried to do the same with Green that would not be the case. (imagine for example : Nuggets,portland,rockets,bucks cannot say the same for green).

      Even for GSW in particular,i have no doubt in my mind if you had Green injured instead of Durant in the finals they would win the chip.

      I really do not see the argument here.

      Your comment and just asking the question is Green more valuable than durant,when we have seen the team before and after durant shows why players call him overrated.

      With the same logic you can argue its not clear steph curry or whoever else is better than green...

      Switch covington for green while durant plays for gsw the outcome would be same 100%. 2 chips.

      If you think the GSW and kerr(or any other GM on any other team) would double think to resign KD (implying no injury)and let green go if KD wished so then you out of your mind mate.

      That alone should answer who is better...

    • Icecube88
      Icecube88  3 months back

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

    • kostas pap
      kostas pap  3 months 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  3 months back

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

    • Blueblur 22
      Blueblur 22  4 months 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.

  • Matthieu Saade
    Matthieu Saade  2 weeks back

    Green is a vital piece to the warriors, IF ONLY he was humble and shut is BIG ASS MOUTH a little , everybody would love him.
    But also, it's easier to do these kind of things when the opponent are barely looking at you and are fully focused on Curry , Klay and Durant

    • Lakers Fan Till LeBron Leaves

      Green is criminally overrated and misunderstood. Hes a great ball player. People expect too much from him offensively. Hes not an iso player. Its his defense, energy and leadership that makes him so great.

      • CashTV
        CashTV  2 weeks back

        Lakers Fan Till LeBron Leaves facts, people say he’s bad because he doesn’t score but why would they need him to score with Curry, KD, and Klay? It’s what people don’t understand

    • ascp
      ascp  3 weeks back

      I love your analysis though your play selection might be misleading, you showed Draymond scoring 4 points in the first minutes of the video and, as you said, he scores 7 points a game. Hard to say he’s constantly using scoring as a weapon.

      • K Williams
        K Williams  4 weeks back

        Draymond is just a bigger Rondo

        • william blake
          william blake  1 months back

          one thing i dont like. if a player doesnot give a crap about regular season dont tell me how he "stepped up" in the playoffs. i hear that every time. kawhi, lebron and green are examples. guys are coasting and yotubers and media tells me how good is that. even the best guys like you.

          • pvanganimare
            pvanganimare  1 months back

            So to sum it up, green does everything that lebron is supposedly so GREAT at doing, playing point guard and defending all 5 positions on the floor. Lol.

            When was the last time lebron defended the other team's forwards/center for two possessions in a row. NEVER. But yes, lebron is "saving his energy on defense."

            • innerparty1
              innerparty1  1 months back

              Love your channel but no idea what's the deal with your KD agenda. Guy is literally the best player in NBA (before injury) and you are harping on him like he's a glorified PJ Tucker or something.

              • Jean Joseph
                Jean Joseph  1 months back

                this whole channel better then anything on espn lmao

                • Jack FitzGerald
                  Jack FitzGerald  1 months back

                  Draymond is absurdly good, but the 6'9" lights out shooter with handles and defense still provides a little more value.

                  • Jack FitzGerald
                    Jack FitzGerald  1 months back

                    He may be the greatest defender of all time when you really think about it

                    • sholove Sholove
                      sholove Sholove  1 months back

                      Been saying this for 5years, and they called me a hater! 😂😂 But the truth is the truth. Draymond is the leader and the 2nd most important player to the warriors. Thanks for quantifying what ive been seeing bro👍👍👍👍

                      • Sir Cartier
                        Sir Cartier  1 months back

                        When David Lee went down in 2014 and draymond started, thats what made the warriors what they became

                        • John doue Quebec
                          John doue Quebec  1 months back

                          Nba players are soo damn fast.....

                          • emwafa
                            emwafa  2 months back

                            i see the same passing precision in d’angelo russel

                            • Zyrek Pascual
                              Zyrek Pascual  2 months back

                              Lakers didn't realize they had a draymond green type of player and they traded him

                              • Zac15Setter
                                Zac15Setter  2 months back

                                And he just got a max deal, well deserved

                                • Richi Arditya
                                  Richi Arditya  2 months back

                                  D: I am the best defensive player all time
                                  Insert kawhi laugh

                                  Nice video btw. No doubt he is great. But not all time

                                • Shaffiq Mokhtar
                                  Shaffiq Mokhtar  2 months back

                                  If he can score outside more consistance... and can add the post move... he will be huge not only for warrior but for all the time in the league

                                  • Gio
                                    Gio  2 months back

                                    It's Klay and it ain't even close

                                    • J X
                                      J X  2 months back

                                      You are, without a doubt, my favorite basketball channel. Content is always well-thought out, sleek, and to the point.

                                      • Dick Nutter IV
                                        Dick Nutter IV  2 months back

                                        Draymond's playstyle is something you can't teach, I think his ceiling hasn't been reached yet

                                        • Croix with the new York City. Moore

                                          I know I’m not the only who saw dude miss that dunk at 1:41

                                          • Mike Jones
                                            Mike Jones  2 months back

                                            Draymond is a bum u tryna give this man credit for passing to players that are 50 40 90 guys lol. Where was all this great defense n passing in the finals when KD n Klay were out? He’s a role player definitely NOT the best or 2nd best or 3rd best on that team.

                                            • DANtheMANofSIPA
                                              DANtheMANofSIPA  2 months back

                                              I hate when ppl call Draymond the most overated player in the league, when he's really one of the underrated player

                                              • Olly Tropics
                                                Olly Tropics  2 months back

                                                I love draymond tbh

                                                • John Edward Dalisay
                                                  John Edward Dalisay  3 months back

                                                  Klay is the 2nd mvp in warriors line up.

                                                  • Iram Malik
                                                    Iram Malik  3 months back

                                                    You are a basketball genius

                                                    • Snowie Puppy
                                                      Snowie Puppy  3 months back

                                                      Funny how these Curry Riders feel that Durant is less Valuable. Ok, two consecutive championships... two finals MVP.

                                                      • Ryan Sansaricq
                                                        Ryan Sansaricq  3 months back

                                                        So glad that you touch on what barely anyone gives Draymond credit for: he's the real point of the Warriors. Steph may play the 1 but he's a 2 disguised as a point. In all five finals runs for the Warriors, Dray has led in assists by as much as Lebron does with his teams. And people have the ARROGANCE to call Steph a better point than Magic, John Stockton, IT, or Lebron, which he straight up is not.

                                                        • Perellie
                                                          Perellie  3 months back

                                                          Shut upppppp LMFAO

                                                          • Jabong’z Vlog
                                                            Jabong’z Vlog  3 months back

                                                            Dirtiest Player Bad behavior

                                                            • CashTV
                                                              CashTV  2 weeks back

                                                              Jabong’z Vlog it’s just cause nobody nowadays can handle constant back in the 80s/90s it was so much more physical

                                                          • PlanetJohn
                                                            PlanetJohn  3 months 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  3 months back

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

                                                              • Isaiah_EJ25
                                                                Isaiah_EJ25  3 months 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  3 months back

                                                                  you have been exposed my man. nba finals complete.

                                                                  • mango slug
                                                                    mango slug  3 months back

                                                                    Lmao you can delete this video now

                                                                    • SC
                                                                      SC  3 months back

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

                                                                      • Valentin Yi
                                                                        Valentin Yi  3 months back

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

                                                                        • recycledone
                                                                          recycledone  3 months back

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

                                                                          • Iam awaterbottle
                                                                            Iam awaterbottle  3 months 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  3 months back

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

                                                                              • Icecube88
                                                                                Icecube88  3 months back

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

                                                                                • Jazzmaster0887
                                                                                  Jazzmaster0887  3 months back

                                                                                  After game 3, LMFAO at this video!

                                                                                  • Icecube88
                                                                                    Icecube88  4 months back

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

                                                                                    • Icecube88
                                                                                      Icecube88  3 months back

                                                                                      @Good Man true

                                                                                    • Good Man
                                                                                      Good Man  3 months back

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

                                                                                  • David Sasse
                                                                                    David Sasse  4 months back

                                                                                    Draymond Green is a basketball savant.

                                                                                    • CodeJunkies
                                                                                      CodeJunkies  4 months back

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

                                                                                      • R S
                                                                                        R S  4 months 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.