Always making an appearance in Defensive Player of the Year conversations, Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green has produced a very interesting stat line this season.
According to data mined by StatMuse, while Green is averaging 8.3 assists per game, he’s been horrid as a scorer with 5.3 points per game on .358 percent shooting from the field and .226 percent from 3-point range.
Subsquently, Green is on track to become the first player in NBA history to record at least 8.0 assists per game while scoring under 6.0 points per game and shooting under .400 percent from the field. Green has averaged 8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game over the course of his nine-year career, shooting .433 percent from the field.
Green, whose rise to NBA stardom was a byproduct of the unique role he played for the Warriors at the zenith of their dynasty, has long been considered to be one of the league’s true unicorns. A gifted playmaker and a versatile defender whose ‘tweener’ skillset helped transform the league into the positionless one there is today, it would be fair to say that he’s the ultimate glue player.
If former NBA forward Boris Diaw played with the type of edge and intensity that Green does, perhaps we would be looking at Golden State’s Dancing Bear as the second coming of the Frenchman.
That being said, Green has a great chance to be the originator of a particular type of archetype.
In fact, it’s quite impressive that while not being a formidable scoring threat that he’s such an irreplaceable player; it only goes to show just how dominant Green is in the other areas of his game.