Entering Tuesday’s series of games, the Warriors top the Western Conference with an 11-2 record, even after a frustrating loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, ending their seven-game winning streak. The Utah Jazz are currently 8-5 and the No. 5 seed in the West, but their minority owner showered Golden State with accolades on Tuesday morning.
OK, so Dwyane Wade also knows a thing or two about playing the game. Not just being a minority shareholder in a franchise he had nothing to do with before. So far, he couldn’t be more impressed with what he’s seen from this Warriors squad, especially Draymond Green.
“It’s wonderful to watch them play basketball,” Wade said on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning. “As a fan of the game, to watch Golden State, the way they share the wealth, the way they share the basketball — I’ve gotten a better appreciation for Draymond Green since I retired and really looked at this one.” dude watched..
“I mean, he’s a point guard. He’s one of the best playmakers in the game.”
Listed as a power forward, the 6-foot-6 Green is a unique player who initiates the attack, while also serving as a big man for the Warriors and often guarding the opposing team’s best offensive player. His 7.1 assists per game lead the Warriors, as do his 8.1 rebounds. The same can be said for his 0.9 blocks per game.
Green also averages 8.2 points per game, his most since he was last an All-Star in the 2017-18 season. He has done all this while once again playing as arguably the best defender in the game.
But it all starts with Steph Curry, who seems to be in the middle of a much too early MVP race.
“Steph Curry, he proved it last year, he proves it again this year,” Wade said. “He’s one of the best who’s ever played this game. He’s on that Mount Rushmore from a game-changing perspective.”
Curry, Green and the rest of Golden State have a huge game against Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets later Tuesday. They’re going to need significant contributions from more than just the big names, and that’s part of the team that impresses Wade.
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“To see young boys like” [Jordan Poole], see [Gary Payton II] getting his chance, those things over there, that’s what the sport is about,” Wade said. “And Steve Kerr does a great job letting those guys play free… it’s just a place you want to be.
“It’s just basketball you want to watch.”
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