Former Warriors’ Star on Whether Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Will Become Hall of Famers: “If Anyone Says That They Are Not, They Are Stupid”

Published 12/30/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (23), Kevin Durant (35), and Klay Thompson are photographed with their Olympic gold medals during media day on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are the unsung heroes of the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry arguably kept the individual spotlights during the Warriors’ dynasty run. However, that does not change how crucial Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were during those runs. They practically helped Curry break all the three-point records in the NBA, while Thompson shattered some on his own. And while Draymond was the playmaker who ran the team, he also won a Defensive Player of The Year award.

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Therefore, it cannot be said that Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry alone led the Warriors during their dynasty run between 2015 to 2018. Since there were other team members who were also crucial to this legendary run. So when it came down to discussing which of these players can make it to the Hall of Fame, even Corey Maggette agreed that Klay and Green also deserve to be in that conversation. In fact, he said “If anyone says that they are not, they are stupid”

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While Klay Thompson may have had his moments in the spotlight with Curry, Draymond was always at least the third and sometimes the fourth option on the team. So while discussing who of these legendary players will make it to the Hall of Fame, Green and Thompson are often forgotten.

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It is an undoubted fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson pioneered the league’s three-point revolution. And while the Splash Brothers revolutionized the NBA, Draymond Green was the hard-working soul behind the curtains for the Warriors. In 2016, Curry won the NBA’s first unanimous MVP award. Subsequently, as Curry unintentionally became the face of the league’s revolution, Klay naturally became the team’s reliable second option. But since they drafted these two after Steph, Curry became the face of the Warriors.

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Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and Klay Thompson react to a call in the second quarter during game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

With Durant, it was different. He joined the Warriors when he was already a well-established player in the NBA. However, he used his experience and skill to lead the team in the most crucial moments of the season, the NBA Finals. Consequently, he took the spotlight and fame that came with becoming the Finals MVP for two back-to-back seasons.

What does this mean for the Golden State Warriors?

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The Golden State Warriors have had several Hall of Famers on their team over the years. And even currently they have active members who are definitely future Hall of Famers. In the post-2010 era, the core trio of the Golden State Warriors has remained consistent for almost a decade now. Ever since they drafted Draymond in 2012, the core has composed of him and the Splash Brothers. So we can contest that Curry might still have his individual records without Klay and Green. However, can we say the same thing about the NBA Championships they won? Let us know what you think about it.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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