Draymond Green's staying power 

March, 14, 2013
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Earlier today, Rumor Central's Nick Borges pointed out the news that Golden State will not sign Dominic McGuire because it'd mean taking away minutes from rookie Draymond Green. But according to one expert, Green himself is far from the player he needs to be in order to have a lengthy NBA career.

Green, who many called a steal when he dropped to the Warriors in the second round last June, is signed to a three-year deal and has impressed coach Mark Jackson with his grittiness, rebounding and hard-nosed defense. But at 6-foot-7, he's a classic tweener and his offensive game needs a lot of work; Green is shooting just 33 percent from the field and 21.7 percent from 3-point range.

ESPN Insider David Thorpe writes today on his Rookie Watch piece that Green could be in danger of having a short NBA career unless he makes considerable improvement on the offensive end.

David Thorpe
Green needs a refined jumper
"It's easy to fall in love with Green as a defender and rebounder, but his offensive troubles may flush those good feelings down the drain. Green is a man without a spot on offense because he lacks the skill to play any position. However, with a reliable jump shot, everything changes, thanks to his high basketball IQ, screen-setting ability and feel as a passer. His jumper has not worked this season, but he'll have a few seasons to develop it. He can be an excellent pinch-post option off the bench if that elbow jumper is consistent."

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