Who Is The Warriors’ Third Man?

Dubs Nation: Team Klay or Team Draymond?

Before Durant entered the picture, the Warriors’ top trio was obviously Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, but with the OKC star officially in Golden State, who do you think is next in line now after Steph Curry and him? No fan, even a Dubs nation hater, will tell you that Durant is going to be less impactful than Klay and Draymond, so yes the third-man distinction is between Klay and Draymond.

Personally, I’m more inclined to say it’s Draymond. Those on team Klay are quick to remind us of his explosive performance in Game 6 against Oklahoma, sinking in a historic 11 3-pointers to help save the Warriors from elimination, but all that tells me is his consistency when he gets hot. And that’s a pretty big condition if you ask me—that Klay has to find his rhythm before he can successfully transform into the other half of the Splash Brothers.

On the other hand, there’s Draymond who doesn’t need to get hot or at least, depend on it as much. His presence makes a huge difference on the team (I still say his absence from that ruckus with LeBron James in the finals spelled our doom) and it’s widely acknowledged—at least among fans—that his leadership and intensity as a player can’t easily be replicated.

So if we have to talk about it in terms of intangibles, Draymond takes the cake, without a doubt. Not only can he play different positions, but he also does so comfortably. The guy’s a hard worker, both from outside and inside the paint, fighting for every bucket, and that’s why I believe he completes the Warriors’ triumvirate.

I love Klay, but I think the Warriors are lucky to have Iguodala pick up his slack. Maybe, as the season unfolds, I’ll find a reason to change my mind, but I’m set on this for now.

 

 

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