Warriors’ Juan Toscano-Anderson Explains How Steph Curry and Draymond Green Stand Out as Leaders

Published 03/30/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Feb 2, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) congratulates guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports


If there is one team that has given mixed signals about its potential throughout the season so far, it’s the Golden State Warriors. From a rocky start to finally gaining momentum and then slumping again, the Warriors are currently standing tenth in the Western Conference. However, this is much better than what everyone expected them to do in the absence of Klay Thompson. The credit for their 23-24 record goes to Stephen Curry and veteran Draymond Green.

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What it is like playing with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green?

Juan-Toscano-Anderson, who is just in his second season playing on a two-way contract, couldn’t help but emphasize the importance of those two veteran superstars.

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The 27-year-old is aiming for a guaranteed contract and has contributed to the Dubs as a versatile defender and as a player that brings energy off the bench. He has also been compared to the likes of Draymond Green since he joined them.

Juan realizes the perks of playing alongside Steph and Draymond. In an interview, he said, “I’ve been on a lot of teams and they really stand out as leaders to me. They’re vocal, they’re very helping and they’re going to pick you up when you’re down. I just soak it all in man, I don’t take it for granted.”

Mar 25, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) directs teammates during action against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Juan even talked about his growing relationship with both the stars. “I actually had a conversation with Draymond the other night. He and I have become pretty close over the past few months. Honestly, when I first got here last year, I didn’t know if he liked me or not because he never really talked to me. So, I would just try to kind of stay out of his way, but now our relationship has really grown,” he asserted.

He also went on to compliment Steph’s humble nature and said, “Steph’s the same man… He is such a nice guy and is nice to everybody. So it is like I don’t really know if you really like me, or if you are nice to everybody.”

Steph lifts the Warriors over the Chicago Bulls

With Steph out for a couple of games because of his tailbone injury, the Dubs looked like a team from which the season was slipping away. However, Steph’s return immediately fixed that. The two-time NBA MVP led the team to victory in their last bout against the Chicago Bulls.

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Their 116-102 win included 32 points from Stephen Curry, with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Andrew Wiggins turned out to be the second lead scorer with 21 points. The Warriors turn into something else altogether when they have Curry on the court. Their solid defense in the second-half was also what turned it around for them.

Now that he is back, the Warriors will be less worried about the games ahead. There is still a lot of hope of them clinching a playoff spot, as long as their cornerstones, Steph and Green stay healthy.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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