The Warriors really need Draymond Green to return to All-Star form this season.
It's that simple.
And his personal trainer, Travis Walton, shed some light on what the three-time NBA champion worked on during the offseason to get back to that level.
"We used to do a lot of spot-up shooting. This summer, I said, 'We can do a lot of shooting -- as we should -- but let's change it up, because let's continue to make sure we're building your strengths and staying focused on your all-around game,' " Walton explained last month to LetsGoWarriors. "He's a dominant player all over.
"We were really focused on everything. Improving the ball-handling, making sure he's ready for contact and shooting the floater right, making sure his conditioning was at the highest level it can be.
"We have a great dialogue. We both came to the conclusion of, 'Let's focus on everything. Let's make sure we're not putting all the attention to just shooting.' "
Draymond's 3-point shot has been heavily scrutinized over the years, which was bound to happen when you look at the downward trend.
2015-16: 38.8 percent on 3.2 attempts
2016-17: 30.8 percent on 3.5 attempts (41.0 percent in the playoffs on 4.6 attempts)
2017-18: 30.1 percent on 3.7 attempts
2018-19: 28.5 percent on 2.5 attempts
2019-20: 27.9 percent on 3.0 attempts
Despite the falloff, the three-time NBA All-Star still hit some huge 3s in high-leverage moments.
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"I say to him all the time, 'Hey, you're shooting two to three shots a game, so let's not pay close [attention] to the percentages. The percentages will never be on your side when you're only taking two or three attempts a game,' " Walton said. "You're basically putting pressure on yourself that is unfair.
"You're saying, 'I gotta make these shots.' "
That is a great point and it's important to keep that context in mind when analyzing Draymond's game-to-game performance.
The Warriors obviously would love to see the 30-year-old be more consistent from beyond the arc. But if he's racking up the assists, taking care of the basketball, playing incredible defense and Golden State is winning games then it doesn't necessarily matter what his 3-point mark is.
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"I've kind of had to restructure my jump shot, kind of restructure my whole body," Draymond said back in April. "After we swept the Cavs in the (2018) Finals, my hip was bothering me. The next day, I couldn't really walk.
"I ended up getting my hips checked out and stuff, and there were some issues. I had to recorrect -- strengthen my core, which is something I never even really knew. In doing all of that, it kind of changed my shot because it changed the way I lift up.
"If I can get that back to above 36 percent -- possibly shoot 40 percent, which I know I'm more than capable of -- the league is in trouble again if I can do that. That's my goal."
But when you listen to what Walton recently said, it's fair to wonder if Draymond's perspective and goal has changed.