More than once this year on The Sports Counter I and my co-host debated the importance of Draymond Green. As publicly known, this season Draymond has gotten into a few yelling matches with newly acquired teammate Kevin Durant. While I can go on a rant about my problem with KD and his decision to come to this team, I will leave that horse dead, as it has been beaten by every sports journalist on every media platform available. However, the current situation facing the defending western conference champions does provide proof in a statement I have made numerous times, the GS warriors should not be considered a Big 4, but a “Big 3 with an important 4th”.
My problem is not how we in the media or fans view the makeup of this team. But, how Draymond takes our view and adds inflation to his importance to the team. Before our email begins to explode with hate mail allow me to say that I think Draymond Green is an amazing talent, have thought so since his days at Michigan state, and think that that importance of his role with Golden State is one that cannot be undermined. Now do I think that he can be replaced and the team continues to be as good, yes, I 100% agree with such statement.
With KD going down against the wizards on the 28th of February, the Warriors have struggled the last few weeks. It’s not that the warriors are losing some games, it is that throughout the games it would appear that they have lost their way. Which says a lot for a team whom we all thought were great before KD and would have been even better with him. The problem is that this team gave up so much of their strongest assets, their bench, leaving them in my opinion with a season that could very likely end with them losing to the consistent well-balanced Spurs or another painful loss in the finals to the Cavs, only this year, in a shorter series.
So what is my issue with Green and all the naive fans that are already disagreeing with me, simple, if Green value was as high as he and so many of you place it, why then the struggle? Why the change in narrative from another finals repeat to a possible western conference exit in the championship game? The answer, KD became the best player on that team and made Klay & Steph the best second and third options in the NBA and left Green to exactly what he should be a known for, an amazing hustle player, whom can give you a spark of offense at times but in the end, can be replaced with another hustle player.
Care to prove this argument wrong? Ask yourself, if the team decides to stay together, and you have to pay everyone, someone will have to go. Just not enough money to go around. So who are you ok with parting ways with? Don’t worry, I already know your decision, the important 4th, not one of the big 3.