All Draymond Green does is mess around and get triple-doubles.
The Golden State Warriors All-Star recorded his ninth triple-double of the year in the defending champions' 116-95 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
It was also the 10th triple-double of Green's career, tying him with Andy Phillip for the third most in franchise history, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Tommy Beer of Basketball Insiders noted the Knicks would love to have a guy like Green on their team just for the triple-doubles:
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Draymond Green has recorded 9 triple-doubles this season. The Knicks franchise has a total of 7 triple-doubles over the last 25 seasons.2016-2-1 02:44:18
Green scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. This came one day after he said he was "selfishly unselfish" while going for a triple-double Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. In that game, he came up one assist short in a three-point win during which Golden State blew a 24-point lead, per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
There was no need to feel that way Sunday. Not only did Green get his triple-double, but he also recorded it with near-perfection. He made all nine of his field-goals attempts, and the only shots he missed were his two free-throw attempts.
Green's performance was so masterful that the Warriors gave him the Seinfeld treatment:
9th triple-double of the season for @Money23Green! https://t.co/g5iMr2BwCN2016-2-1 02:40:09
The biggest blemish of Green's night was that one of the free throws he missed was an air ball. Here's the evidence, courtesy of B/R:
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The Golden State Warriors Have Secured Their Place in NBA Finals History
This was the second time Green has recorded a triple-double while shooting 100 percent from the field, which put him in rare company, per ESPN Stats & Info:
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
Triple-double & perfect FG % in a game, last 30 years Tonight, Draymond Green Nov. 27, Draymond Green 1999-00, Bo Outlaw2016-2-1 02:58:31
Green also became the first Warriors player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967 to make all of his shots on at least nine attempts and record a triple-double, per GSWStats. He also became the first Warriors player to shoot 100 percent from the floor on at least nine shot attempts since Chris Mullin in 1990, per GSWStats.
This year, Green holds a comfortable lead in the triple-double category, per NBA.com:
2015-16 NBA triple-doubles: 9 - Draymond Green 6 - Russell Westbrook 5 - Rajon Rondo 2 - Curry, Harden, Whiteside https://t.co/RAPJs4mB8y2016-2-1 02:49:48
Performances like Sunday's validate the coaches' decision to name Green an All-Star for the first time in his career. He's been an all-around force for the Warriors. Whether it be making shots from three-point range, grabbing rebounds or kicking the ball out to Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Green has been one of the most dependable players in the league.
He's unlikely to receive the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, but he's as valuable to the Warriors as Curry and Thompson are.
What a difference 24 hours can make.
Green almost gave away the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday with his attempts to get that ninth triple-double, and he found it more gratifying to get this triple-double on Sunday.
''You start to do what I did yesterday, it doesn't work out,'' Green said, per Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports). ''So I was kind of happy I didn't get it yesterday because I didn't deserve it.''
All he needed was one more assist to complete the triple-double on Saturday against the Sixers, but he continuously turned the ball over in the fourth quarter to prevent that from happening.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was more than fine with Green getting his triple-double on Sunday when he needed another way to get it, per Ethan Strauss of ESPN:
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Kerr on Draymond getting the triple double in the 4th: "I like it better when he needs a rebound"2016-2-1 03:08:16
Green is a walking triple-double whenever he's locked in like he was on Sunday, which makes him an even more dangerous player. Perhaps getting this triple-double wasn't on his mind as much as it was against the Sixers, but it worked to his advantage on Sunday and may serve as an important lesson going forward.