First time NBA All-Star Draymond Green believes he is one of the best players in the league today and should be mentioned along the NBA’s elite players that includes Golden State Warriors teammate Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James.
Henry Abbot of ESPN talked with Green in a recent program and mentioned to the Warriors forward that he is now the fourth best player in the league according one of the stats and better than James.
“Of course I believe it. If I don’t believe it, who will?” Green answered when asked if he’s among the top five players in the league.
Back in November last year, NBA legend Jerry West declared that the “underrated” Green would be one of the Top 10 players in the league this season.
“I think honestly we have two of the top 10 players in the league — Draymond Green is the second one. He’s the most underrated player in the NBA, period. There are very few players, I think, anyone in our organization would trade for him. He’s just a remarkable player. Watch him handle the ball, watch him make passes, defensively he’s everywhere. If he’s not a top 10 player in this league, I don’t know who is,” West said to CBS Sports.
Green has proven to West and the rest of the NBA that the NBA legend is correct in his assessment so far this season.
The versatile Green, who is effective both on offense and defense, has impressive numbers for 2015-2016 leading the league in total triple doubles with 10.
The four-year forward, who was a second round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, averages career-highs of 14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots per game this season.
Statistically, LeBron James remains one of the top players in the league with averages of 25.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game but Green has the edge in average rebounds, assists and blocked shots.
Green has the edge in wins over LeBron James as well with the Warriors owning the league-best 48-4 record so far.
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