Draymond Green: The driving force behind the Golden State Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors are the 'it' franchise in the NBA right. Having won their first championship in 40 years with a 4-2 Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, they have been chasing history in their title-defending season.

They have broken a number of records as a 59-6 run has seen them pursue the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 season.

a 24-0 start saw the Dubs set the record for the best start to the season and a 119-113 win over the Orlando Magic saw them set a new milestone for the most consecutive victories at home in the regular season; a run that stretched back to the previous campaign.

Steve Kerr's team have a great chance of besting the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls and much of the praise has gone to point guard and current MVP Stephen Curry.

The 27-year-old has somehow improved on his ring-winning season and looks nailed on to make it back-to-back MVP awards; averaging a career-best 30.5 points, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. 

However, nothing the Warriors have achieved would be possible without a top-level supporting cast. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and a bench full of strength makes them a force to be reckoned with. 

They all play their part, but arguably the most important supporting cog in the well-oiled Warriors machine is their imposing forward from Saginaw, Michigan. 

Green has been a consistent performer since arriving at the Oracle Arena with the 35th pick of the 2012 draft and has moulded himself into one of the leading front-court players in the NBA.

The 26-year-old has five years remaining on his current contract in the Bay and the Warriors are set to benefit from Green's performances and mentality for the foreseeable future. 

The Michigan State product is averaging a double-double as he continues a career-high year. 14.3 points, ten rebounds and 7.7 assists per game have been vital in helping the Western Conference to their current record. He is also the league leader in triple-doubles.

But it is his passion and drive that make him such a crucial player for the defending champions. Night after night, Green brings a level of intensity that inspires and drives on the Warriors. 

That intensity can sometimes spill over, but it is exactly what is needed if the champions are to retain their crown. At times when the players are struggling for motivation, Green comes into his own and drives his team on to victory.

LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant believes all successful teams need that confrontational figure and the Black Mamba thinks Green has to be that influence for the Dubs.

As per Fox Sports, he said: "He's the one that has to keep his finger on the nerve with this team, because it can get lax, it can get comfortable, and I think he's the one that's going to have to create that conflict, that tension in the locker room."

The 2016 All-Star is not one for the spotlight, he is happy to fly under the radar while the backcourt duo of Thompson and Curry take all the plaudits. His main aim is purely helping his franchise be successful. 

Green's importance to the Golden State Warriors can not be understated. While the Splash Bros are making headlines with their pinpoint accuracy, Green is ruling the Dubs as the driving force in the frontcourt.

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Golden State Warriors
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