Draymond Green explains why Boris Diaw is his attacking role model

During the presentation of his MVP 2022 trophy, Nikola Jokic explained that one of his models was… Boris Diaw. It must be said that the physique, the intelligence of the game and the creativity of the French stick perfectly to the game of the double MVP. Sunday, after Warriors practice, it’s Draymond Green who paid tribute to our national Babac!

Six years ago, at our microphone, Nicolas Batum said: “ Boris at the time of Phoenix, it was the same type of player. Green is more aggressive from time to time on shots and he defends a bit more I think but Boris was that. In fact, it’s a Boris 2.0. »

Initially, on Sunday, a question from a journalist on the progress of the Warriors on the collective level, and on the progress of Draymond Green on the individual level since his arrival in the NBA, on the fact of establishing himself as one of the the best defenders in the NBA, and on his role models in the game.

On the collective level, no surprise, he evokes the Spurs even if he qualifies this comparison.

“I think for us as a team there was no specific model” he specifies. “I think if you’re looking for a team that we could compare ourselves to more closely or try to model ourselves on, it’s the San Antonio Spurs, but they’re completely different in the way they do it. So I don’t think there’s a direct comparison with us, and I think that’s why you see the NBA has changed today like never before. I think a lot of that is down to the style of basketball that we played and had success with. »

“I studied Boris Diaw a lot at the start of my career”

On the individual level, he recognizes influences, and he begins with the attack.

“I watched a bunch of different guys and what they brought and eventually realized that there was no one guy in particular that looked like me, and I wanted to try and create a path unheard of for other players in this league. I think I did a pretty good job. There’s definitely been guys I’ve taken things from, and over my career I’ve kept watching and trying to take things from those guys. Personally, I studied Boris Diaw a lot at the beginning of my career and the way he moved the ball, his way of using the “hand-to-hand” and, more than a specific gesture, his way of disturbing the ball. opponent, was very unique to me. »

On the defensive side, we find one of the best defenders and rebounders in history, passed by Detroit, Chicago and San Antonio.

“On the defense side, I tried to take things from a lot of guys. I tried to incorporate some things that Dennis Rodman did to be successful, but also Kurt Thomas and Chuck Hayes. They were small in size, but the way they defend under the circle, they are two of the best post defenders of their size that I have ever seen. You couldn’t roll back either of these players. I tried to add that to my game on the ball side, but in the end I realized that I didn’t want to be a carbon copy of someone. »

For Draymond Green, the important thing was not to have a role model, but to become one.

“I wanted to get to the stage where people are wondering who the next Draymond will be, not the stage to find out if Draymond can be like this player. It’s not what I wanted. I didn’t think there would be a path to success for me, trying to copy someone else. I thought my path to success would be based on what I could contribute, and if there was anything I could recreate in our situation. So that was the most important thing for me. »

Draymond Green Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2012-13 GOS 79 13 32.7 20.9 81.8 0.7 2.6 3.3 0.7 2.0 0.5 0.7 0.3 2.9
2013-14 GOS 82 22 40.7 33.3 66.7 1.1 3.9 5.0 1.9 2.8 1.2 1.1 0.9 6.2
2014-15 GOS 79 32 44.3 33.7 66.0 1.4 6.8 8.2 3.7 3.2 1.6 1.7 1.3 11.7
2015-16 GOS 81 35 49.0 38.8 69.6 1.7 7.8 9.5 7.4 3.0 1.5 3.2 1.4 14.0
2016-17 GOS 76 33 41.8 30.8 70.9 1.3 6.6 7.9 7.0 2.9 2.0 2.4 1.4 10.2
2017-18 GOS 70 33 45.4 30.1 77.5 1.1 6.6 7.6 7.3 2.6 1.4 2.9 1.3 11.0
2018-19 GOS 66 31 44.5 28.5 69.2 0.9 6.4 7.3 6.9 3.0 1.4 2.6 1.1 7.4
2019-20 GOS 43 28 38.9 27.9 75.9 0.5 5.7 6.2 6.2 2.6 1.4 2.3 0.8 8.0
2020-21 GOS 63 32 44.7 27.0 79.5 0.9 6.3 7.1 8.9 3.1 1.7 3.0 0.8 7.1
2021-22 GOS 46 29 52.5 29.6 65.9 1.0 6.3 7.3 7.0 3.0 1.3 3.0 1.1 7.5
Total 685 29 44.1 31.5 71.2 1.1 5.8 6.9 5.5 2.8 1.4 2.2 1.0 8.7

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