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Knicks PG Jennings: Draymond Green's a Hall of Fame player

Knicks PG Jennings: Draymond Green's a Hall of Fame player

As LeBron James and Hall of Fame player and current analyst Charles Barkley found themselves in their own criticisms of each other recently, Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green took James' side, along with other NBA players. 

Seeing current NBA players take James' side was no surprise to Barkley. "This new generation, they all stick together, they all play together, they’re all AAU babies," Barkley said Wednesday on "Mike and Mike." 

To Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings, the "AAU babies" comment was pure comedy. Who Barkley specifically said it about though, Dwyane Wade and Green, happen to be two future Hall of Famers in Jennings' eyes.

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Currently in his fifth NBA season with the Warriors, Green has averaged 9.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game for his career. The 26-year-old is a two-time All-Star, two-time All-Defense First Team and made the All-NBA Second Team last season. 

Through 49 games of the 2016-17 season, Green is scoring 10.7 points per game while grabbing 8.4 rebounds and dishing out 7.3 assists per game. He is tied with Kevin Durant for the team lead in rebounds and leads the Warriors in assists per game, beating out Stephen Curry (6.4 assists per game).

Speaking on his podcast "Dray Day," Green spoke out about James' comments to Barkley. 

“I’m all for destroying Barkley,” Green said. “You know, Barkley talk a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship."

Jacob Evans: None of rookie season with Warriors 'how I thought it would be'

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Jacob Evans: None of rookie season with Warriors 'how I thought it would be'

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The Warriors selected Jacob Evans with the 28th overall pick in June. At one point during the draft, Golden State even tried to trade up to select the Cincinnati product.

The 21-year old has appeared in just eight of the Warriors' 13 games this season, scoring a total of four points in 48 minutes combined. His rookie season is not going according to plan.

“None of it has been how I thought it would be,” Evans told Logan Murdock of the Bay Area News Group. “But that’s how everything is when you’re going through it.

"With this being the NBA, I never know what to expect but its been fun so far – a lot of learning and just working on my game and just trying to watch and get better every day.” 

Last week, Evans was assigned to Santa Cruz. Over two games in the G League, he averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He shot below 32 percent from the field and went 1-for-5 from 3-point territory.

The Warriors are taking a patient approach with Evans and aren't expecting major contributions from him right away. In fact, if the Warriors are at full strength, he will probably spend a good amount of time with Santa Cruz throughout the season.

“It’s not the same level but there are still good players down there,” Evans told BANG. “I’m trying to just bring that confidence and repetition up here.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA rumors: Draymond Green plans to play for Warriors vs. Clippers

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NBA rumors: Draymond Green plans to play for Warriors vs. Clippers

Programming note: Watch tonight's Warriors-Clippers game streaming live at 7:30 p.m. on the MyTeams app.

If you were hoping to watch Draymond Green play, then it appears to be your lucky day.

Draymond plans to be in uniform Monday night when the Warriors face the Clippers in Los Angeles, a source told The Undefeated's Marc Spears.

The 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year sprained his right big toe during the first half against the Grizzlies last Monday. He did not play in the second half of that game, and he missed Golden State's next two games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets.

If you don't include the game against Memphis, the three-time All-Star is averaging 8.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.9 blocks per game this season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller