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Draymond Green named Western Conference Player of the Week

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Draymond Green's epic counting-stat week raised eyebrows around the league, resulting in a Player of the Week award for the Warriors' Swiss Army knife forward.

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Earlier today, the Warriors' Draymond Green was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played through January 3rd. Over the last week, which notably (and tellingly) coincided with Stephen Curry only playing 44 minutes across four games due to his leg bruise, Green averaged an impressive box score line of 18.8 p / 11.3 r / 9.5 a; the latter two averages were good for fourth in the West.

The most eye-catching statistical feat accomplished by Green was no doubt his consecutive triple-double games, including his monster 29 p / 17 r / 14 a slashline against the Denver Nuggets. He has had two streaks of consecutive triple-doubles this season, as part of his league-leading six triple-doubles.

Triple-doubles, while arbitrary and silly and sometimes even misleading, are the box-score derived statistic that comes closest to encapsulating Green's impact on the game. Of course, even when he's not posting triple doubles, his MVP-level effect on the game is still in place; it's just invisible to traditional counting stats. For instance, Green is currently seventh in the league with 5.0 Win Shares, with a higher WS/48 than two of the players above him.

The Warriors as an organization have now taken home a conference-leading four PoW awards, with Green joining Stephen Curry (three) as Warrior PoWs this season. They are now in a tie with the Detroit Pistons (Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson with two apiece) for overall PoW awards on the season.

Congratulations Draymond Green!