Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green recently raised some concerns about stat tracking in the NBA. Speaking up on the issue of not being awarded proper statistics on "The Draymond Green Show," Green highlighted his worries with the matter.
As most players and fans know, stats are one of the most critical aspects of the technical side of the game of basketball. While seeing the game remains the most accurate measurement of a player's potential, statistics provide a look into the specific patterns of performance a player has.
In this regard, basic statistics such as points, assists and rebounds per game go a long way in defining a player's value and aptitude. With particular reference to being drafted, traded or granted a contract extension, stats are practically a make-or-break for some players.
There are players who are stat-padders/stat-stuffers, and then there are others who aren't necessarily players who contribute to the stat sheet. The latter players are known to be the hustle-and-grind guys who contribute intangibles.
As all Warriors fans are aware, Draymond Green happens to be one of the best in the business when it comes to intangibles. Green has never been a player who has shone on the stat sheet.
Considering his role for Golden State, he isn't required to shine, either. Being a high-quality and high-IQ player is of much more value.
However, Green recently expressed his concerns about how his defensive stats were displayed. While speaking about Jaren Jackson Jr.'s tremendous average of 3.2 blocks per game, Dray said:
"I can't sit here and say, 'Oh man, his stats aren't padded.' But, when this came out, I thought, 'Well, maybe I should acknowledge this.' Because the reality is, to say that I'm only averaging 0.8 blocks and 0.7 steals or something like that, I know that's not accurate."
"For instance, last night, I had two blocks. Somehow, I finished the game with zero blocks. And it's just like, two steals and two blocks in a game? That's pretty impressive. I would like my two blocks."
Green's concerns appear to be fairly valid. While he isn't the most athletic player in the league, Green remains an absolute menace on the defensive side.
The intangibles are only an aspect that can be grasped by watching the game, and it seems unfair to deny Draymond Green his flowers in this regard.
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Draymond Green brings immense value to the Golden State Warriors
As an important player on the Golden State Warriors roster, Draymond Green still plays a vital role as an anchor for the team. Known as the primary facilitator, Green does a lot of work with and without the ball to free up his teammates.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of things, Green still takes on the role of guarding some of the best players in the league. Although the workload is often shared between him, Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson, Dray still holds up as a defensive anchor.
Needless to say, the difference in the Warriors' play with and without Draymond is telling. While Green remains the driving force behind the Dubs, the team as a whole has had a rough time this season.
However, on the verge of building some serious momentum, the Warriors will look to improve upon their 26-24 record in their next game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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