Draymond Green commands respect for what he does, not for hoarding stats, for the Golden State Warriors. And Colin Cowherd highlighted its importance on Wednesday.
Green played a crucial role in helping the Warriors reach the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight years. While his efforts might not show in the box score, they wouldn’t have accomplished what they have without him.
In Thursday night’s Game 1, they will face the Boston Celtics in their quest for a fourth title in their last six Finals appearances. Cowherd explained how Green influences team culture and how it affects winning. In “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”, the television personality said:
“Draymond Green has influence, and I think influence is what creates cultures. Influence yes. And cultures are really important to winning. Most basketball fans think Carmelo Anthony is better than Draymond Green, and I just laugh it off. It’s a very simple look at basketball.
“Carmelo Anthony is a lousy defender. I don’t see any leadership skills, was once threatened by Jeremy Lin as a teammate. No influence on any culture could ever reconcile until the very end of what he In the last eight years, the best culture, the dynasty in the league… he’s their best defender, he’s their most verbal player, he’s their enforcer.
“Each time they reached the final he led the assists as a power forward. Influence, influence, influence.”
Green’s influence was undoubtedly felt in Golden State. While Steph Curry and Klay Thompson guarantee the points, he makes sure the defense is nice and tidy.
Draymond Green thinks he deserves to make the 2022 All-Defensive First Team
Green’s exclusion from the 2022 All-Defensive First Team has upset the Warriors forward. He believes he deserved to be part of the first team, especially since the number of games played is not a criterion.
Prior to Game 1, Green expressed confusion regarding the All-Defensive vote:
“For me, he’s a lightweight. When I look at the first team, I’m not sure I can identify, certainly not five guys who have had a better defensive season than me. And there’s no requirements (of matches played). There isn’t a certain amount you have to play. If there was an amount you had to play, then I’d be an idiot sitting here and saying that.
“It goes on the resume as an All-Defensive team, so I’ll take it. But I was kind of shocked when the first team and I were like, ‘Hmm, that’s interesting. Maybe I didn’t succeed at all. ‘”
The Defensive Player of the Year award rightly went to Marcus Smart, but Green thinks he should have made the first team. This team consisted of Smart, Jaren Jackson Jr., Mikal Bridges, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert.