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Draymond's offensive year epitomized by bizarre assist stat

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Draymond Green had a remarkable month of February when it came to distributing the ball, as he dished out the most assists of any NBA player for the 28-day period. 

The forward, who turns 31 years old on Thursday, also is averaging the fewest points (5.2) of his NBA career since his rookie season, when he scored just 2.9 points per contest.

Draymond's differential between assists and points is far and away the most of any NBA player, as the below data from SportsRadar indicates.

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Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell is the only player on the list with more than 10 in each category, and even he is a full 55 assists behind Draymond.

The Warriors have the 21st-ranked offensive rating in the NBA according to Basketball-Reference and have been buoyed by an elite defense to a 19-17 record with one game remaining before the All-Star break.

Green recently was called an offensive "liability" by Hall of Fame inductee and Warriors legend Rick Barry, who cited his lack of scoring as a major detriment to the team.

"I mean they really do need him, right now he's become a liability, even in that game, I mean nobody guards him," Green said. "They force him off to the 3-point line and they walk off and he's shooting 20-something percent from [3-point range], I mean why would you guard him out there, and that cuts down on his effectiveness, he needs to be able to knock down some of those threes, if you look back a number of seasons ago, he was shooting 40 percent from [3-point range] a lot of times. 

 

"So right now he's in a bit of a funk and hopefully he can get himself back to where he was a couple of seasons ago, but right now he's not helping it."

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Green also has been the anchor of the Warriors' defensive improvement this season, and clearly is putting his teammates in positions to succeed on offense judging by those assist numbers.

All five players averaging more assists per game than Green this season are point guards for their teams, whereas Green has been racking up assists while playing center for a good portion of the past month due to injuries.

The Warriors certainly could use more scoring from Green on certain nights, as coach Steve Kerr alluded to following a win over the Indiana Pacers in late February.

With such little consistency in the scoring department from the rest of the Warriors not named Steph Curry, double-digits from Green can go a long way.

After a frustrating loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, Draymond reportedly will sit out the final Warriors game before the All-Star break in Phoenix against the Suns.

Ideally, the Warriors would like to see that gap closed somewhat once the second-half schedule gets underway next week.

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