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Draymond on Curry: "I don't think he would've had the success that he's had without me"

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There is no question about it. The Golden State Warriors have been the poster team of the NBA for the past decade. Five straight Finals appearances, three championships, a 73-9 record, and a complete revolution of how the game is played. 

A team-oriented system based around three-point shooting became the blueprint for winning. Management and coaching have a big part in that, but the key to their success has been their core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. And after a short break from being at the top, the Warriors are back.

The key to success

Although at first everybody raves about the "Splash Brothers" when talking about the Warriors, they are not even their most lethal duo. Sure, the pairing of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is spectacular, as having a backcourt with so much shooting ability is unseen. But the damage Curry and Draymond do on the court is the real key to the Warriors' success.

Playing together since 2013, the duo has developed incredible chemistry. Draymond might not be the most skilled scorer, but he still knows how to be effective on the offensive side of the floor. Distributing the ball, setting on and off-ball screens, seeing cuts and dribble hand-offs are just the tip of the iceberg. 

Green's unselfish nature allows a shooter of Curry's magnitude to get a bunch of easy shots and perform to the best of his abilities. Curry can create his own shot and dominate, but having Draymond by his side, helping him out with the little stuff that means a lot. That played a massive part in Curry becoming the best shooter ever and the all-time leader in three-pointers made the other day.

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Fittingly Draymond was on the MSG court for that moment and seeing first-hand just another of his countless threes. Draymond couldn't help but be happy and proud of his brother, as he recently talked about his part in Curry's success:

"Do I think I would have had the success without him? And I don't think he would've had the success that he's had without me. Do I think we both would've had success? Absolutely...We're both equally as driven, we both are winners, we're competitive. When you're a winner, when you're a competitor, you're going to find a way to win. So I don't have doubt in my mind that we would've found success. But I don't think for either one of us, it would've been at the level that it is. I truly in my heart believe that."

Draymond Green, Fox Sports

It might sound crazy for Draymond to say Curry wouldn't have been so successful and good without Green, but the statement has some logic. Curry created his own shot on a bit more than 50% of his three-pointers which is impressive by itself. But when you look at who assisted him on most of those shots, Draymond is convincingly in first place with 479 assists.

No matter how good you are, you need your team to put you into the situation to perform to the best of your abilities, and Draymond played a massive part in it. Giving him looks and setting him free of his defenders with screens gave Curry the opportunity to pour on teams. 

That's why Draymond is massively hated and underrated. Doing the little things that win games isn't flashy or popular, but the Warriors wouldn't have been nearly as good without him. But to be fair, we all know Draymond was put into the perfect situation and role for him, as he definitely benefited vastly from playing along with players like Curry, Klay, and KD.

Basketball is a team sport, and it is obvious the Warriors needed every one of their players simply because of their "Strength In Numbers" mentality. Curry and Draymond could have been successful by themselves, but together they made history and made the Warriors a household name. And they are not done yet, as this season could end up with another championship for the Dubs.

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