Draymond Green: "I'm one of the best players in the NBA"

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With the addition of Kevin Durant to the roster, it was inevitable that several Golden State Warriors players would have to make sacrifices and alter their games slightly in order for the superstar to fit in. 

With an All-Star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green already on the books, it meant that shots would have to be evenly distributed between the 'big four'.

But of the Warriors' superstars, it appears that Green has had to make the biggest sacrifice, particularly on the offensive end, to accommodate KD.

The power forward is averaging just 10.9 points a game, his lowest since his second season in the league, when he was on the bench.

With one of the league's best scorers joining the Dubs, it's no surprise that Green has had to take a step back offensively, but he is still vital to the team in every other department. 

The 26-year-old's points may be down but he is still finding ways to fill the stat sheet. He leads the Golden State Warriors in rebounds (10.1), assists (7.1), steals (2.3) and blocks (1.6).

According to Draymond, this proves why he's among the best players in the league and believes that not every star should be judged on scoring alone.

"I think I'm one of the best players in the NBA," Green said to ESPN. "Am I going to go out and score 30 every night? Absolutely not. But I didn't say I was one of the best scorers. I think I'm one of the best players, and I think anybody should believe that.

"I think if you don't believe that, you're failing yourself, and you're not allowing yourself to be that ... But I don't say that in a sense of, 'Oh, I'm one of the best. I'm better than Steph, I'm better than KD.' Like, that isn't me. When I just look at the game, that's how I feel."

Despite the scoring powers of Durant, Curry and Thompson, many feel Green is still the franchise's most important player due to his work on both ends of the floor.

It'll be difficult to find many arguments to suggest that he isn't one of the best players in the NBA.

Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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