Draymond Green 'nowhere near' hitting his ceiling as a player

Draymond Green 'nowhere near' hitting his ceiling as a player

During the 2015-16 season, Draymond Green averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting just under 39 percent from deep.

He was an All-Star, runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, All-NBA Second-Team and placed seventh in the MVP voting.

Last year he averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, but his 3-point shooting dipped eight percentage points to 30.8.

He was an All-Star, All-NBA Third-Team and won the Defensive Player of the Year.

"I've heard I've reached my ceiling since I was a sophomore in high school," Draymond told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "Every year. It never fails. But the one thing I've never understood is how someone can say I've reached my ceiling when I know I'm one of the hardest-working players in the NBA.

"And I'll continue to hear that for the rest of my career. Reached a ceiling, reached a ceiling. And one day I will ... eventually I will reach my ceiling, but I know I'm nowhere near that right now.

"I think I'm just starting to scratch the surface of the player that I can be."

As a rookie, Draymond averaged 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks over 13.4 minutes per game, and shot 21 percent (14 for 67) from 3-point territory.

In Year 2, he improved to 6.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks in 21.9 minutes per contest, and shot 33.3 percent (55 for 165) from distance.

His breakout season came in 2014-15 when he supplanted David Lee in the starting lineup -- something that originally happened only because Lee injured his hamstring in the preseason.

Remember when Steve Kerr's plan was for Draymond to play around 12 to 15 minutes per game? Crazy how things can change.

"I know I'll continue to get better. There's a lot of things that I want to accomplish," Draymond told ESPN. "I want to continue to win championships. That's always the No. 1 goal for myself, is to try to win championships. Continuing to try to be an All-Star, especially in this stacked Western Conference. Continue to be an All-NBA performer and, most importantly, trying to build a résumé to one day that I can possibly enter into the Hall of Fame."

So how can Draymond get better? Is there anything in particular he worked on this offseason?

"Every summer I pick two to three things to work on. One of those things is always my shooting. I always think I can improve that," Draymond told NBC Sports Bay Area this week. "I worked on my post game a lot this summer, and I did a ton of ball-handling ... when you're balling-handling is crisp you're a better passer."

Draymond will turn 28 years old in March.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell


With Green listed as doubtful, expect Warriors to rely on rookie Jordan Bell

After getting a rude “Welcome to the NBA” facial from Rockets guard Eric Gordon in his debut Tuesday night, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell stands to get a more legitimate baptism Friday night in New Orleans.

That’s where Pelicans All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be waiting, eager to abuse the new guy.

With starting power forward Draymond Green listed as doubtful with a strained left knee -- MRI test results were negative -- Bell can expect significant minutes when the Warriors and Pelicans meet at Smoothie King Center.

Aware Green’s availability is in question, Bell sees what’s ahead in Davis and Cousins, as they both possess skills that rank among the top five big men.

“I’m definitely excited about that,” Bell said Wednesday. “(They are) some of the best bigs in the league, so I’m definitely excited to get tested against that.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr generally avoids tinkering with his set rotations, in which case David West and JaVale McGee would continue to come off the bench at center. Of the other “bigs” on the roster, Bell is most likely to start if Green is unable.

Bell played 12 minutes in the opener, and they were in slots that typically go to McGee, who never left the bench against Houston. Citing the matchups created by the Rockets’ smallish lineups, Kerr opted for the 6-foot-8, 225-pound Bell over the 7-foot, 270-pound McGee.

That will change Friday, regardless of Green’s status, as both Bell and McGee will be needed against Davis and Cousins, both of whom possess wing spans over 7 feet. Only Bell is suited to play power forward or center, and the staff is coaching him at both positions.

“At the 4, I have to be more of a facilitator, like (Green) is,” Bell said. “Some plays (Kerr) has me doing the same things Draymond does. Sometimes he has me bring the ball up in practice. Calling plays, putting me in positions on the elbows to make the right pass, make the right read.

“When I’m at the 5, I have to be more of an aggressor, a more physical guy on the court, focusing on rebounding and finishing around the rim.”

It’s exceedingly rare for a second-round draft pick to start a game in his first week as an NBA player. The Warriors believe Bell can handle it. So in the case of Green being held out, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the rookie’s name is called.


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI


Report: Draymond Green receives results on left knee MRI

The Golden State Warriors and Dubnation have been holding their breath a bit awaiting the results of Draymond Green's MRI. 

They can breathe a little better now. 

According to ESPN, the forward underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative. 

Green left Tuesday's game against the Rockets one point shy of a triple double after 28 minutes of work. 

The Warriors were left in a defensive deficit in his absence and ultimatley lost to the Rockets 122-121. 

More to come...