Without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the new-age Warriors have never been quite so vulnerable. Their stars are down, their depth is shot, and the West seems to be catching on to their schemes.
Still, the Warriors have what most don’t: a proven Championship core. With the trio of Klay (when he returns), Steph, and Draymond, the team will be competing for a title — even if they can no longer be favored.
And, after recently signing a $100M extension, Green, especially, is the latest player to be locked-up by the franchise.
“We’re thrilled to retain Draymond long-term as we move forward and into Chase Center,” said Warriors President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Bob Myers. “He’s played an enormous part in shaping our organization over the last seven years. His passion and knowledge for the game are indispensable to our team. As a multi-time NBA Champion he’s surpassed everyone’s expectations—except his own.”
After securing Steph and Klay for the next several years, many were debating on whether the Warriors should spend that money on KD, Draymond, or another player to come. After Durant departed to Brooklyn, Golden State wasted no time making their choice.
In 7 seasons with the Warriors, Green has become one of the top defensive players in the league, leading the NBA in steals in 2017, winning Defensive Player of the Year that same season, and making 5 All-NBA Defensive Teams to go along with career averages of averaging 9 points, 7 rebounds, and nearly 5 assists per game.
After turning 29 this past March, there is no telling how long he can continue that pace of dominance. But for the Warriors, keeping him long-term was just a no-brainer.