WATCH: Draymond Green Mentoring Rookie James Wiseman Before Warriors’ Game

Published 01/13/2021, 4:47 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors have had an interesting start to the season. Despite going 2-3 in their first five games, the Warriors were able to rally, and now sit 6-4 after their first 10 games. Unlike previous years, the Warriors aren’t playing as a heavy championship favorite. They have a mix of talented youngsters and experienced veterans like Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

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Green helps mentor the future

Draymond Green is the leader of the Warriors’ locker room, and he showed why he is trusted with that responsibility ahead of the Warriors’ game against the Indiana Pacers. Green was seen coaching and mentoring new Warriors’ rookie James Wiseman. Green was giving him instructions about how to play, what to do in specific situations, and how to tailor his overall game.

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Draymond Green is the leader of the Warriors team, and he often leads by example. Green is helping to secure the future of the Warriors’ franchise by helping James Wiseman improve game after game in the NBA. Draymond is an excellent defender in his own right and can help Wiseman learn about the Warriors’ defensive tactics throughout the year.

However, Green is no longer the player he once was. He cannot do the defensive dirty work that he did during the Warriors’ championship days. But the Warriors can use his experience to help mentor other players. And clearly, Draymond agrees, as he’s trying to show Wiseman the ropes.

Draymond Green: Warriors’ leader

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Despite his numbers not standing out, Green is still an important part of the Warriors’ team. He has never been a reliable scorer but did all the defensive work so that players like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson could do their thing. Green is the enforcer of this Warriors team and still has a lot left in the tank.

Jan 1, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) controls the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to his return, the Warriors were struggling defensively. The Warriors were conceding a lot of points and were not able to convert their chances offensively. Green’s return to the side helped galvanize the team, and he led the defensive unit along the way.

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Will Wiseman be able to use what Draymond Green taught him? If he can, Wiseman can be an elite defender in the NBA. His size with Green’s wily defensive tactics could be a dangerous combination for the future.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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