Draymond Green's most prolific shooting seasons came in the two years before Kevin Durant joined the Warriors.
In 2014-15, the first year of the Warriors' historic NBA Finals run, Green averaged 9.7 shots per game. The next season he averaged a career-high 10.1 shots.
Once Durant arrived in 2016, Green became the fourth option for the Warriors and peaked at 8.8 shots per game in 2017-18.
But with Durant now in Brooklyn and Klay Thompson on the mend, Green will likely get close to his career-high again, and teammate Steph Curry is all for it.
“I love it,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “That’s what you want to see.”
Curry and new Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will shoulder a bulk of the scoring until Thompson returns, but with so many young, unproven players on the roster, Green will need to score in order for Golden State to win games.
For reference, Green averaged 8.3 shots in four preseason games. We know it's a small sample size and the Warriors were working on a lot of things during the exhibition season, but it would be beneficial for the Dubs if Green becomes more aggressive when the games start counting on Thursday.
If players like Kevon Looney, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marquese Chriss, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Poole can pick up big chunks of the scoring load, it's possible that Green doesn't need to shoot as much. But all of those players come with question marks surrounding their health or experience.
So Green should heed Curry's words and aim for 10 shots a game. The only time he reached that number, the Warriors won 73 games.