Draymond Green plays on the most talented roster in the NBA. He already has won one championship, came this close to winning a second last season, and was runner up for defensive player of the year. Green spoke with ESPN and let it be known to them and the whole world where he views his game compared to his peers,
“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
Green, who is averaging 11 points a game this season, has had to adjust more than any other of the legacy Golden State starters. While Klay Thompson has seen his shots per game go down, Draymond has seen his role on both ends of the court adjusted to compliment Kevin Durant. He is perfectly ok with it, and if you are a fan of the Warriors, you should be too.
If Golden State can make the KD addition “work”, and win multiple titles, Green’s role may be similar to Dennis Rodman of the Bulls from two decades ago. While Green is nowhere near the rebounder Rodman was, he has superb passing skills, and is the undeniable vocal leader. The term “best” is subjective, however what Draymond is for certain is one of the 10 most valuable players in the NBA.