Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been putting the work in after a difficult 2019-20 season.
Green, the versatile All-Star big man, had another productive campaign. However, injuries greatly affected the Golden State Warriors, and the five-time defending Western Conference champions missed the postseason.
Green and Stephen Curry are back for another year, but don’t expect the two to have any three-point contests anytime soon. In a recent interview, Green’s trainer explained why he and Green didn’t focus on improving his three-point shooting this offseason.
The Warriors need a big year from Draymond Green
Until the coronavirus pandemic shut down the 2019-20 season for a few months, Draymond Green was having a forgettable season for the Golden State Warriors.
Green averaged eight points on 38.9% shooting to go with 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.8 blocks per night in 43 games. Almost all of those numbers would have been his fewest since Green became a full-time starter during the 2014-15 season.
It is easy to forget Green’s struggles because of how last season finished across the entire league. Green ended the season not making 40% of his shots for the first time since his rookie year when he only hit 32.7% from the field.
If the Golden State Warriors intend to make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference, they will need big seasons from Green and Stephen Curry.
Green is not currently practicing because he and rookie James Wiseman reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Green’s three-point efficiency has gone down in recent years
Before the coronavirus pandemic turned the NBA world upside down, Draymond Green‘s three-point shooting was an important storyline.
Green only made 27.9% of his threes last year, his lowest since a 20.9% mark as a rookie in 2012-13. Green’s three-point accuracy has dropped every year since drilling 38.8% of his threes during the 2015-16 season.
The struggles are concerning not only because of how often teams like the Warriors attempt threes in today’s game, but because Green still averages three attempts from long-range per night.
Green and his trainers didn’t focus on threes this offseason
ven in a strange offseason like the one this year brought, Draymond Green and his personal trainers would have an incentive to focus on three-point shooting.
That isn’t quite how things went. Green’s trainer, Travis Walton, recently spoke with letsgowarriors.com about the three-time All-Star’s offseason.
Walton explained why they opted not to focus on Green’s three-point shooting ahead of his ninth season.
“We used to do a lot of spot-up shooting. This summer, I said, ‘We can do a lot of shooting — as we should — but let’s change it up, because let’s continue to make sure we’re building your strengths and staying focused on your all-around game.'”
Walton said he and Green prioritized, “improving the ball-handling, making sure he’s ready for contact and shooting the floater right, making sure his conditioning was at the highest level it can be.”
Green had various injuries last year, including issues with his heel, ankle, and knee. The conditioning could certainly keep him on the court, but time will soon tell if Green and Walton should have focused more on long-range shooting.