Draymond Green’s marked improvement as one of the NBA’s best all-around players hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The Warriors’ do-it-all, emotional leader stands third among Western Conference frontcourt players in the latest fan voting. Green has 332,223 votes and trails only the retiring Kobe Bryant (1,262,118) and Kevin Durant (616,096) in the positional category, passing Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard. If Green remains third in the vote, which closes Jan. 18, he will start the game Feb. 14 in Toronto.
“It’s amazing,” Green told reporters in Los Angeles, where the Warriors have been staying this week before flying to Portland for tonight’s game against the the Trail Blazers. “Who knows how it finishes out, but just to be at that point right now, it’s pretty amazing. I don’t take it for granted.”
Warriors star Steph Curry leads conference guards with 925,789 votes. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson is fourth, trailing Curry, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, but could be added to the West team as a reserve.
Curry will continue to play through a left shin injury first suffered Dec. 23 and aggravated three times when he has been kicked during games. While Thompson has said that Curry should focus on being healthy for the playoffs, the team’s medical staff is inclined to let him play — at his urging — as the Warriors roll along at 33-2.
“It’s frustrating and annoying,” Curry said. “Long-term, it’s not something I have to worry about. It’s just playing through an injury.”
Said interim head coach Luke Walton: “My answer is always going to be the same: If the trainers and he say he’s good to play, then we’ll play him.”
Curry will wear a pad on his left leg during a healing process that should run through late January.