Warriors

Why Kerr strongly believes Draymond is a Hall of Famer

Warriors
Draymond with NBA championship trophy

Draymond Green isn't shy about voicing his desire to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when his NBA career is over. 

And Warriors coach Steve Kerr is right there with him. 

"I think Draymond is a Hall of Famer," Kerr said Saturday. 

During Kerr's tenure as a broadcaster at TNT from 2003 to 2007 and then from 2010 to 2015, he cast a few Hall of Fame ballots. 

He wouldn't share who he voted for, but he did make some of his voting criteria clear: it's not all about what's on the stat sheet. 

This year's Hall of Fame finalist Ben Wallace is a perfect example of why Kerr didn't do that when he had a vote, and also why he thinks Green will be inducted. 

"I think the impact [Wallace] made defensively, helping Detroit win that championship in [2004], Ben became one of the greatest defensive players the league has ever seen," Kerr said. "That matters. That leads to wins."

While Wallace and Green are different players -- Green is much more of a facilitator than Wallace was -- Kerr sees similarities between the impacts they make on the game and on their teams.

"Draymond is kind of a point forward, point center, very unique player," Kerr said. "But I think the best way to measure Draymond is not with his stats, it's how much he impacts winning."

Green's 5.9 points, 8.4 assists and six rebounds this season -- and 8.8 points, 5.1 assists and 6.8 rebounds for his entire career -- are solid, but not eye-catching. His Hall of Fame chances would probably increase if his scoring did, but as Kerr said, he's still an integral part of the Warriors' success. 

 

Kerr and countless Warriors teammates have spoken to Green's basketball IQ -- his abilities to process all that he sees on the court and making the right decision within a second, all while anchoring the Warriors’ defense. The only other player Kerr can think of who shares Green's abilities to think that quickly on offense and lockdown players on defense is LeBron James. We already know he will be in the Hall of Fame.

RELATED: Draymond rips NBA's COVID-19 testing schedule

But those things don't show up on paper. If you need concrete, written evidence of why Green should be in the Hall of Fame, Kerr suggests looking at his resume.

Green is a three-time NBA champion, three-time NBA All-Star and one-time Defensive Player of the Year. And that's just with the Warriors. He's also an Olympic Gold medalist and made it to two NCAA Final Fours with Michigan State.

"Draymond's body of work is incredible and when his time comes, I think people will recognize that and I think he'll be a Hall of Famer," Kerr said.

Download and subscribe to the Dubs Talk Podcast