2. Draymond Green
After seven years with the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green has three championships and a spot near the top of franchise history. His most recent numbers were below his past, averaging just 7.4 points.
However, with the Warriors losing Kevin Durant, not having Klay Thompson for months due to a torn ACL and reconstructing the team around him and Stephen Curry, Green has the chance to shine and find a lucrative contract in 12 months.
The Michigan State product is an interesting case. He will be 30 years old when free agency arrive and has always taken a background seat to the stars, but he is, arguably, the NBA’s ultimate glue guy; his numbers are potentially smaller because of this.
Playing a larger role next to Curry and D’Angelo Russell can shine a bigger spotlight on what Green can do, whether rebounding the ball more, handling the ball more frequently and improving that shot count from 6.4 to around 10 per game.
If all goes well, Green is in for a rich contract, with the Warriors showing loyalty as his best option. It may not be a deal that works out for the organization in three or four years, but for one last try with the Curry-Thompson core to win another title.
If the New York Knicks star-chase, they need an all-around lead scorer. Green, while a productive player, is not that guy.