Stephen Curry is the headline story. Andrew Bogut’s presence another. David Lee’s torn hip flexor and the impact it had on Harrison Barnes another key reason. But the least talked about and arguably second most important reason why the Golden State Warriors are still playing basketball in the 2013 campaign is the increased production of Draymond Green. (Stephen Curry’s jump to stardom is the first)
For starters Green is playing eight more minutes per game this postseason from 13 to 21. And Green’s overall production and Mark Jackson’s reliance on Green has paid off big time for the Warriors. In the regular season Green’s net rating, (the advanced statistic measuring the amount of points his team scores per 100 possession minus the amount of points they give up per 100 possessions) was 0.4. With Green playing the Warriors would score 100.5 points per 100 possessions and give up 100.1 points.
In the postseason Green’s net rating has increased to 7.6 The Warriors wold project to score 110.3 points with Green in the postseason and give up 102.7 per 100 possessions.
So why is Green playing an increased role in the playoffs?
The answer is quite simple actually. Green is shooting far better from the field and three in the playoffs than he did in the regular season.
In the regular season, Green shot only 33% from the field and a dreadful 21% from three. Green’s shooting has drastically improved his shooting percentages in the postseason, shooting 46% from the field and 45% from three.
Green has become one of Golden State’s crunchtime performers and is a member of the Warriors two most productive Warriors lineups this postseason. With Green’s improvement in three point shooting he is able to allow floor spacing while additionally being strong enough to guard San Antonio Spurs power-forwards,Boris Diaw and Dajuan Blair, and also small forward Kawhi Leonard and shooting guard Manu Ginobili. Green is also an incredibly smart player that understands his role. He seldom turns the ball over or makes plays that he knows are not in his repertoire. Green crashes the boards hard and is a good small-ball four, and also has played some center when the Spurs also play small.
The twenty-three year old rookie and second round pick is making a major contribution to the Dubs this postseason and is one of the main reasons the Warriors have been so successful in all facets of the game.