In the last couple of seasons, Draymond Green has taken his performance on the court to another level. He has become a key cog to the Golden State Warriors’ huge amount of success over the last two years. In light of that, Green offered himself a huge compliment.
“I think I’m one of the best players in the NBA,” Green said to ESPN. “Am I going to go out and score 30 every night? Absolutely not. But I didn’t say I was one of the best scorers. I think I’m one of the best players, and I think anybody should believe that. I think if you don’t believe that, you’re failing yourself, and you’re not allowing yourself to be that … But I don’t say that in a sense of, ‘Oh, I’m one of the best. I’m better than Steph, I’m better than KD.’ Like, that isn’t me. When I just look at the game, that’s how I feel.
“But the things that I do are more self-gratifying than anything. I don’t do something to say, ‘Man, I wonder if they saw that screen I just set. I wonder if they saw what I just did to help him get that bucket.’ I don’t do that, but I’ll run down the court feeling amazing about it. That’s just kind of how I am.”
Green is obviously quite confident in his ability on the court to impact the game. He has backed that up with his play and is doing it again this season currently leading the Warriors in rebounds (10.1), assists (7.1), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.6). Although his scoring dropped a bit to 10.9 points per game, Green has found other ways to make an impact.
This has allowed him to become the glue piece to the puzzle for Golden State because of his unselfishness on the offensive end of the floor. His offensive sacrifice has been a huge part in helping keep the team operating at a high level. When Green states that he’s one of the best in the league, there is plenty of credence to that notion.