Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Green's offseason weight loss
By Nick Borges
Forward Draymond Green, the No. 35 selection in the 2012 NBA draft, turned out to be a steal for the Golden State Warriors as he averaged 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes through 79 regular season games. He then increased his production during the playoffs by averaging 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists off the bench. Green wants to have a bigger role in 2013-14, so he has spent a lot of time during the summer in the weight room working on his body
Green was as high as 254 pounds last season due to knee tendinitis, so he has worked with the Warriors training staff to get in the best shape of his life. Currently he's around 231 pounds.
"I catch my breath faster," Green tells The Oakland Tribune. "I move a little faster. I can get up off the floor a little bit better. And it feels a lot better on my knees. ... I feel great. I think it's going to help me out a lot."
Green can play both forward positions, which should see him stay in Mark Jackson's rotation. He might lose some minutes as Harrison Barnes is moving to the bench with the addition of Andre Iguodala. Barnes will get time at power forward whenever Jackson wants to play "small-ball."
Heading into the season Green will compete with Marreese Speights for the backup power forward position and he's third on the small forward depth chart.