It’s no secret Draymond Green is one of the smartest players in The Association. The Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would agree, as he constantly praises Green’s brilliant basketball mind. When the 6-6 forward talks about the game, everyone listens, and his post-All-Star Game interview with ESPN shows why.
The former Defensive Player of the Year talked Steph Curry’s legacy, the Warriors Playoff chances, who is the team to beat in the West, while also reacting to Max Kellerman’s take on the Brooklyn Nets being the best offense in NBA history.
Draymond is confident the Warriors will make the ’21 NBA Playoffs and still believes the Lakers are a team to beat, despite their recent struggles with Anthony Davis out with an Achilles injury. As far as Curry and the Nets go, Green had a lot more to say. Let’s dive into it.
Draymond sounds off on people questioning Curry’s legacy
Draymond was asked about Curry’s performance during Sunday’s All-Star Game. Like always, Green looked at the bigger picture.
I thought his performance on that night was very indicative of who Steph has shown he is this entire season.Draymond Green, ESPN
Steph stole the show on Sunday, leading Team LeBron to a 170-150 victory over Team Durant. The Warriors superstar had 28 points on 8-for-16 from three but lost the MVP award to Giannis Antetokounmpo. He also took home his second 3-point contest.
Curry’s performance in Atlanta was a continuation of dominance the former 2x MVP displayed before the All-Star break, despite people questioning his ability to lead the team with Klay Thompson out for the season. Golden State is currently 10th in the West, a game behind the 8th seeded Dallas Mavericks. Steph is averaging 29.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 6.3 assists on 47.8% from the floor, 41.1% from three, and 93.4% from the free-throw line, nearly replicating numbers from his unanimous MVP season in ’16. And yet, some still question his legacy.
To those people, Draymond has a clear message, ‘One season doesn’t make a legacy, nor does one game make a legacy.’
We see that a lot of times when you start talking about the greats like Steph or Lebron James. People are trying to hang their legacy on one season or one game, and I think it’s the most ridiculous thing ever. It goes to show how few legacies there truly are and why people don’t understand what a legacy really is.Draymond Green, ESPN
Green slows down on declaring the Nets the best offense of all time
Green also reacted to ESPN’s Max Kellerman labeling the Nets as the best offensive team in NBA history.
When you look at those three guys, Kyrie, who’s probably one of the shiftiest players we’ve ever seen, one of the best handlers we’ve ever seen, and one of the best finishers we’ve ever seen, then you got KD, who I’ve had the pleasure with for a few years – best scorer I’ve ever seen – and James Harden, who’s scoring at a clip like we’ve never seen in the NBA before. When you stack up those three guys, that’s a lot of offense.Draymond Green, ESPN
Draymond recognizes the talent on that Brooklyn roster. He also praises their Big Three for how they played in 6 games they were together on the floor. Is that enough to declare them the best offense of all time? That’s a discussion Green wanted no part of.
Are they the best offense to ever play together? I don’t know. I think that’s a very subjective thing that I’ll let everyone else discuss, but what I do know is, those three guys, they are good of scorers as anybody in our league today — individually by the way.Draymond Green, ESPN
The potential is undoubtedly there, but it’s too soon for Green to jump to any conclusions. Especially since he was a part of what most would describe as the best offensive team ever. That’s a title Draymond is not willing to give up — not yet anyway.