Steve Kerr Expects to See the “Very Best Version” of Draymond Green Next Season

Draymond Green in 2017. Photo by Robert John Herbert/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Golden State Warriors’ star Draymond Green will probably want to forget the 2019/20 NBA season as soon as possible. Not only his team finished with the worst record in the league, but Green also struggled individually and had one of his least productive performances since entering the league.

And while most coaches would be worried to see this from one of their main players, Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr doesn’t seem to lose sleep over it. According to Kerr, who recently made an appearance on KNBR’s Tolbert, Kreuger, and Brooks podcast, Green was just a victim of a bad situation.

“I think this year was really frustrating for him offensively, and then as a competitor, it was frustrating for him just losing night after night. It’s just too difficult in this league to try to win games when you’re that shorthanded. I think he dealt with the frustration,” said Kerr, alluding to the fact that Warriors played without All-Stars Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry for most of the 2019/20.

Without Thompson and Curry on the court, Green had his statistically worst season since his sophomore year in the NBA, averaging 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game this season. He also shot abysmal 38.9 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from the three-point arc.

But Kerr believes that these performances were an outlier and that Green will return to his “very best version” next season.

“He made it through, and he is getting a much-needed rest,” he added. “And I think we’re going to see the very best version of Draymond next year, whenever next season starts. I feel really good about where he’s going to be mentally and physically.”