Armstrong: Draymond Green A Winning Player

The NBA spends a lot of time evaluating prospects and players; Green just wins

Taz and the Moose
May 16, 2018 - 10:24 am

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With three teammates averaging 20+ points per game, it’s easy for Draymond Green to get lost in the Golden State shuffle. But Green, a former second-round pick, has been the straw that stirs the drink for the Warriors for several years.

This postseason has been no different. Green is averaging 12.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks for Golden State, which is seeking its fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

What makes Green so good?

“The NBA spends so much time evaluating players and trying to predict how they’re going to be, and Draymond is a winning player,” NBA agent and three-time champion B.J. Armstrong said on Taz & The Moose. “I don’t know how you measure that. I don’t know how you measure someone’s heart. I don’t know how you measure someone’s determination. I don’t know how you measure someone’s ability to lead and play in big moments. But whatever it is, he has all the intangibles.”

Green’s scoring comes and goes. He had 19 points in a close-out win over New Orleans but just five in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Houston. But he also had nine rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, two steals, and played great defense in Golden State’s 119-106 road win.

“He brings a certain confidence to this team on both ends of the court,” Armstrong said. “I wish I could bottle it up and be able to give it to other young players. But whatever it is, he’s figured out how to help this team win games. He has shown that ability in high school, at the collegiate level and now he's doing it in the NBA. Whatever he does, it affects the bottom line. He’s certainly had a phenomenal playoffs this year, but he’s had an incredible career – and the Warriors have been the beneficiaries of that.”