There’s a debate about the Golden State Warriors that’s always simmering: who is the most important player on the team? Is it superstar guard Stephen Curry, AKA The Golden Child? Or is it forward Draymond Green — who coach Steve Kerr calls the “heartbeat” of the team?
As those who know basketball can easily decipher, there’s no real answer to that question. Each player impacts the game with their unique brilliance, and together, along with guard Klay Thompson, they are one of the most formidable team cores in NBA history.
But Green has missed Golden State’s last 10 games, and the Warriors have a 9-1 record in that span, having just lost in blowout fashion to the Jazz on Wednesday. Though Green reportedly gave the team a speech that started the high level of Green-less basketball.
But the total team effort has Thompson thinking big about the time when the team is at full strength, per the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau.
Considering the Warriors have given other teams chills even without Green, I’d say Thompson has every reason to feel some type of way about Golden State’s situation.
Thompson’s comment came right after the Warriors’ impressive win against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, when even the Warriors rookies, wings Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, got into the act. But the real “full strength” of the Warriors will arrive with Green. It’s been a long time since Curry, Green, and Thompson, the Warriors’ original big three, were on the court together.
That trio helped the Warriors win 73 games in 2015-16. But we all know how that season ended. They also have three NBA titles on their resume. And with a team built to thrive even when one of them is missing, heartbeat or not, the NBA knows it had better watch out when they’re all together again.