Draymond Green’s job with the Golden State Warriors just got harder after Kyrie Irving moved to the Western Conference following Brooklyn’s trade with the Dallas Mavericks.
Kyrie Irving’s arrival in Dallas has sent the Mavericks’ odds to win the NBA Championship skyrocketing. Dallas was hovering around +2700 to win a title prior to the Kyrie Irving trade and has moved as low as +750 since acquiring Kyrie from Brooklyn.
Gambling odds help us fans contextualize the impact of Kyrie Irving playing alongside Luka Doncic in Dallas. But Draymond Green will be tasked with trying to guard two of the best offensive players in the NBA and here he talks about that herculean task.
Around the 21:30 mark of the latest episode of the Draymond Green Show presented by The Volume, the former NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner puts the Kyrie Irving trade into context of what it actually means to the Western Conference.
Draymond says “let’s talk about it” and dives in.
He goes on to say that there are now “two of the best offensive talents in the NBA on the same team” after Kyrie Irving was traded to Dallas. But he notes that it was a similar situation in Brooklyn with Kyrie playing alongside Kevin Durant.
Draymond Green on Kyrie Irving playing with Luka Doncic: ‘I don’t love it’
Upon reflection, Draymond Green says “I don’t love it” when thinking about Kyrie Irving playing next to Luka Doncic. He says the reason he doesn’t love it is because they’ll be “very hard to stop. VERY hard to stop.”
He adds that “Kyrie Irving is one of the best scorers (they) see. One of the best if not THE best ball handlers.” Draymond calls him a “tough shot taker, tough shot maker.”
The combination of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic is one that scares Draymond Green. He explains it’s because the skill sets of Luka and Kyrie will complement each other. Where one struggles, the other will thrive.