Draymond Green has been doubted his entire career, and he continues to hear from the haters.
The last two NBA seasons haven't been the best of Green's career. Since he became a full-time starter in 2014, the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons were statistically his worst.
But after playing in 43 of the Warriors' 65 games this season, and with an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic and the team not qualifying for the season restart in Orlando, Green is ready to return to his peak performance.
The Warriors posted a video to Instagram on Monday of Green's performance against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 2, 2016 in which he finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 14 assists and four steals.
Green re-posted it with a message for his opponents and doubters.
Green finished this season averaging 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 28.4 minutes per game.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently addressed the difficult season for Green, but is expecting the three-time NBA All-Star to bounce back.
"I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively," Kerr said Friday on KNBR's "Tolbert, Kreuger and Brooks" Podcast, "and then as a competitor, it was frustrating for him just losing night after night. It's just too difficult in this league to try to win games when you're that shorthanded. I think he dealt with the frustration. He definitely boiled over several times, got kicked out. But, overall, I just thought he handled himself well.
"He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest. And I think we're going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he's going to be mentally and physically."
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With Green rested, and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson fully healed from their respective injuries, the Warriors expect to return to NBA title contention in 2020-21.
If Green returns to his top form, he'll have the last laugh with the haters yet again.
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