What Dubs fans can expect from JaMychal Green in the 2022-23 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
JaMychal Green’s 3-point shooting rate last season, 26.6, represents a tale of woe, of a man who falls short of his own historical standard.
But Green, who spent last season with the Nuggets, says the reason behind his poor shooting in Denver won’t matter next season when he joins the defending NBA champion Warriors.
“I had a wrist injury,” Green said last month when he was introduced to the Bay Area media. “That [was a factor] with my shooting… I was just fighting some stuff last year and had a year of shooting. It’s going to get up.”
His deep-shooting numbers were horrendous and such a departure from his norm — Green shot a cumulative 39.7 percent over the previous five seasons — that it was obvious something had gone wrong.
Unsurprisingly, he played through pain. Green’s reputation is for being one of the toughest guys in the league, something that appealed to the Warriors, who made one of their veteran free-agent acquisitions from the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward in July after winning a buy-in. had done out. of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Warriors brought in Green and paid him the veteran’s minimum ($2.63 million), to fill spare minutes at power forward, but also probably center in some small ball formations. He has done both in his eight-year career.
Plus, he’ll bring the kind of junkyard dog mentality that Golden State lost with the departures of Juan Toscano-Anderson (Los Angeles Lakers) and Gary Payton II (Portland Trail Blazers).
That’s why Warriors coach Steve Kerr reached out when Green became available. It’s also why Draymond Green, who has known JaMychal for over a decade, picked up his phone to let him know why he was wanted.
Ideally, Green would fill the shoes vacated by the departure of Otto Porter Jr. That is, playing decent defense, grabbing some rebounds and clearing 3 balls at an efficient pace; OPJ shot 37.0 percent from a distance last season.
However, there is a crucial difference between the two. Porter’s history of injury, particularly with his left leg and foot, made it wise for the Warriors to rest him on some of back-to-back sets. He missed 19 games in the regular season and three more in the postseason. Green is a landline.
Aside from sitting out eight games last season due to health and safety protocols, Green missed just seven games due to injury. His availability is one of the reasons the Warriors were interested.
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With so many young players — six under 25 — with guaranteed contracts, the 32-year-old Green has added value as a veteran. And with 38-year-old Andre Iguodala’s decision to return, Green is one of only two reserves over 25.
If Green plays 15-20 minutes a night, stays healthy, delivers his usual scoring efficiency, and makes his presence felt on defense, he’ll be another solid contributor to be picked cheaply.
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