Warriors

Warriors

OAKLAND – Wilt Chamberlain ranks among the most dominating players in NBA history. Draymond Green, for one night, shared a spiritual moment with the Hall of Fame center.

Green posted a triple-double Saturday night in the Warriors’ 120-101 win over the Sacramento Kings, totaling 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Coming after another triple-double one night earlier in a win at Phoenix, Green became the first Warrior to ring up back-to-back triple-doubles since Chamberlain

That was 51 years ago, in March 1964.

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“It’s pretty cool to even be mentioned in the same category as Wilt,” Green said. “Obviously, that’s something special in itself. So that’s pretty cool.

“But obviously when it comes to triple-doubles, that’s definitely something you can’t do by yourself. So I can’t take all the credit for that.”

Well, actually, he can. Yes he found teammates who made open shots. Yes, teammates found him for open shots. But rebounding is a mostly solo project.

“Rebounds are the toughest,” Green conceded.

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For the record, Green leads the Warriors in rebounds at 8.0 per game and assists, with 7.0 per game. He has three triple-doubles this season. Only Kings guard Rajon Rondo has more, with four.

“He’s playing at an All-Star level right now,” interim coach Luke Walton said. “And it’s impressive that he, like a lot of our guys, has gotten better this offseason.”

 

Green, a second-round draft pick in 2012, in July signed a five-year contract worth $82 million. Nearly one-quarter of the way through the season, it appears he has improved his overall game.

“He’s obviously a huge part of what we do,” Walton said. “It’s why he earned that huge contract this summer. To his credit, he got that money and he's come back an even better player.

“It’s nice because a lot of players think once they sign a bigger contract they have to shoot more, or more of the offense should be for them. That’s not the case with Draymond.”