Why Has NBA Champion Draymond Green Paid Nearly $1 Million To The League?

Published 06/17/2022, 10:02 AM EDT
May 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green’s Golden State Warriors became the 2022 NBA Champions after beating the Boston Celtics in 6 games. It was the fourth title in eight years for the ‘Dubs’ as they cemented their legacy as one of the greatest dynasties of all time. Green was at his annoying best, doing everything to help his team get a win. He is one of the dirtiest players in the league and he has amassed a crazy amount of fines.

The experience of the Warriors roster proved to be immense as they overcame Boston. Steph Curry finally won the Finals MVP which was long overdue.

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Draymond’s impact on the Warriors

Draymond Green has always been a player who loves playing on the edge. He is brilliant at getting under the skin of his opponents. He is a tenacious defender who is the glue holding it all together for the Warriors, especially on the defensive end. The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and himself have been a constant influence on the team’s success over the years. While Curry is the star of the three, Green is the one who does all the dirty work.

Mar 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) has words with referee Marat Kogut after he was assessed a second technical foul and ejected from the game during the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

Green has a history of being too straightforward, which has led to him being fined and/or suspended. He doesn’t shy away from saying what he feels, whether it is to the refs, opponents, or even his teammates.

Draymond was fouled out 3 times in the Finals and he was finding it difficult to stay focused. Fans were quick to write him off and even blamed his attachment to his podcast.

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Green bounced back, as champions do, and played a huge role in sealing the series win. One person actually took out the time to calculate how much Draymond has been fined during his time in the league. According to him, Green is about to reach $1 million in fines.

Ridiculous amount on fines for Draymond Green

Draymond is just $5,876 away from reaching $1 million in fines. That’s a ridiculously high amount to spend on fines! Even though he is one of the top earners on the roster, spending so much money to make up for his ‘wrong-doings’ is not great.

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Green even mentioned it back when he got fined during the Western Conference Semifinals. He said, “I’ll take the fine. I’ll do an appearance and make up the money” after he flipped off the Memphis Grizzlies crowd. He finished the interview by saying, “Great. I make $25 million a year. I should be just fine.”

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Green is one of the best defenders in the league and his presence on the court is undeniable. The Warriors will be hoping he continues contributing to the team’s success. Despite all the fines, Green is a huge asset.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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