"It's the combination of many things," that was Steve Kerr's response when Anthony Slater asked for teams that left Draymond Green "outrageous" and dared to shoot him.
No matter how you want to cut it, Green's lean percentage – especially from the depths – has matured from a concern to a full-blown subject. Teams have renounced from Green and admitted the open look. As Green's three-point shoot rate dropped to 22.4% per season, gambling was well worth it.
This is not necessarily something new ̵
Take a look at the failures of the Lakers game. This is from the death of Joe Viray, but I want you to pay attention to how few contention teams show up.
We tend to analyze these players as static images, but to understand what's going on with Green, some perspective on his historical achievements is helpful. I have compiled this table with his shooting data from basketballreference.com.
The aspect that stands out most in this season is that Green, although his percentage of filming is very low, still makes a lot of depth shots anyway). Looking at his rookie campaign, you can see he's shooting just as badly (22% this year compared to around 21% as a rookie), but he's doing a lot more in this area.
Green is not one of our outstanding shooters. In fact, his 3.6 attempts per 100 posts are in the 10th place remotely – even among Andre Iguodala's 4.2 attempts per 100 posts. Therefore, it is important to understand that although Green shoots many threes for him, but is hardly harmful. Green does not shoot the team out of games.
The problem is more like teams starting to treat him with Tony Allen. High irony that teams use our own strategies against us. The first counter was to use Green as a trigger for ball-traps when Curry or Klay got trapped, but now it might be time to try something different.
Sounds very much like the warriors using Draymond Green as a screener for both on- and off-ball action, forcing his defender into battle. pic.twitter.com/gFVZZuhu6M
– Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 26, 2018
As Kerr explains, the ball is now completely pulled out of Green's hands. Probably this would cause Green to go into more throws and cuts, two types of game he talked about extensively earlier in the season
but developing Green as an offensive player has one led that he shoots less of it Many consider the simplest shot. Look at his reduction in basic education attempts throughout his career.
Kerr's big adjustment will keep Green out of the way. This will negate an important defensive counter used by teams in our team, but we have to watch for any unintended side effects.
During today's media availability, Green insisted that playing ball could be to his advantage – and he's not wrong. One aspect he may overlook is that many of his assistants may disappear, unless the Warriors and Green are able to successfully control that adjustment.
Draymond Green is very confident that he will emerge from his offensive break-in: "Do not worry about my defender. My defender will pay. "Here's the full, entertaining quote. pic.twitter.com/EPUOrVCQl0
– Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 27, 2018
You've been through much worse situations before and you just have to go back to the earlier analysis actually work well in view of its offensive production profile. This was already written in October, but is strikingly relevant today:
Green will not turn overnight into Steph Curry, and it would not be good for Green if he did not make those shots. Most of these attempts will be made in the course of the offense and Green will either shoot these open glances or risk risking the offense and allowing other teams to shoot him.
Instead, I think Kerr should try to get Green for more cuts. Looking back at the synergy data, you can see that while the cut option is not the most used one, it's clearly the most effective method for Green to get his points – especially since Durant arrived.
If Green is taken out of the ball-handling duties, that will mean a big change in how the team works, but with Kerr's testimony that he will be involved in it. More than a screener, Green can drastically improve his effect.
Cuts were not a dominant game type for him, but his most effective direct weapon in attack. If he really wants to punish defenders, maybe it's Green's best bet to get the ball less.