Steph Curry and Klay Thompson may generate all the highlights, but Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic believes the key to the Warriors’ success is someone else.
“Obviously, Klay and Steph are incredible offensive guys, but I think the key to the Warriors’ team is Draymond [Green],” Doncic told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s just unbelievable. I really respect him and everything he does. Obviously, no disrespect, but he’s not the best offensive guy.
“But he impacts the game in every other category, so I really have a lot of respect for his game.”
It’s true Green is not a dominant offensive player, but he does not need to be to make his impact felt.
The Warriors center has impacted games with his defense, rebounding and general aggressiveness — the latter sometimes getting him in trouble. He also is not afraid to get into his opponents’ head.
“That includes trash talk,” Doncic added. “That’s the fun of the game. I love that part.”
Green’s aggressive style of play can sometimes backfire, though. Most recently, he was ejected in Game 1 last series against the Memphis Grizzlies after drawing a Flagrant 2, albeit a controversial one at that.
In 2016, with the Warriors leading the Cavaliers 3-1 in the NBA Finals, Green was suspended for Game 5 following a Flagrant, allowing Cleveland to win and mount its memorable comeback.
However, many believe had Green not been suspended, the series may have ended differently — a testament to what he means to the Warriors’ ultimate success.
The Mavericks will certainly have their hands full when it comes to all three — Curry, Thompson and Green — when the series begins on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.