If you have been following the NBA in the past year or two, or are even just a casual fan, you might have heard the name, Draymond Green. The second round pick, from Michigan State, burst onto the scene last year when he displayed his versatility from both sides of the floor.
Draymond ranked 100th in points last year, averaging less then 12 points a game. So why does he receive so much attention?
He receives so much attention because he is a jack of all trades. While there is not a single stat that jumps out at you when looking at his averages, he contributes in every possible way.
For example, Draymond ranks 7th in assists this year. He is only one of two forwards in this category in the top 25 in assists.
This year, Draymond is shooting slightly more than two 3-pointers a game and is averaging an impressive 40.3% from beyond the arch. He has incredible finishing abilities. Although he is the shortest player amongst the top 40 rebounders in the NBA he ranks 18th in rebounding. One could make the case that Draymond Green is the best player ever to average under 15 points a game purely on the way he impacts a ballgame.
As I watch the C’s this year, I think they might have a Draymond on their hands in Jae Crowder. Below is a comparison of the two players.
Below is a shooting chart comparing Dray and Jae’s shooting statistics from last year. While Draymond has significantly higher attempts, he also played more minutes per game. Jae played about a third of the season with the Dallas Mavericks where he only received 10 minutes of playing time per game.I can see correlations between the two when it comes to large volumes of shots either coming inside the paint or from beyond the arch at top of the key. This is where both players thrive.
It is also fair to say that Draymond highly benefits from playing with the best shooter and backcourt in the league.
While currently Jae lacks the overall efficiency that Draymond displays in advanced stats, such as Win Shares and Real Plus Minus, Jae has made significant bounds in his offensive production. One key difference is that the Celtics primarily use Jae as a small forward, while Draymond plays the power forward spot.
Even though Jae lacks the height of a power forward, it would be nice to see Brad Stevens experiment with a Golden State type of lineup where Jae is at the power forward spot. If Jae can start to have that jack of all trades mentality, he could potentially be the next Draymond Green.
By Ian Riaf