Warriors' Draymond Green Touted as 1st Ballot HOFer After Clutch Block in Game 4

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 10, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 09: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors complains about a call during the first half of Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA Playoffs at Chase Center on May 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green showed why he's almost certainly charting a course to Springfield, Massachusetts, with his late-game heroics in a 101-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Green only scored two points but finished with 11 rebounds, five assists and one block.

With the Grizzlies trailing by three points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had an opportunity to tie the game when he pulled up from beyond the arc. Green was there to disrupt the shot attempt.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

DRAYMOND'S CLUTCH BLOCK WINS GAME 4 🔒 <a href="https://t.co/DW0FtuStOV">pic.twitter.com/DW0FtuStOV</a>

From there, Stephen Curry hit a pair of free throws to give Golden State enough breathing room to see out the victory.

Naturally, Green's defense on Jackson was an occasion to celebrate his wider contributions, which can go overlooked at times.

Praveen Alessio @praveenallessio

There aren’t even metrics to measure how good <a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> is. That defense is just insane <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAPlayoffs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBAPlayoffs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DubNation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DubNation</a>

YiChen Day @THUerDay

Draymond Green worth of being a DPOY level defense player.Without doubt WARRIORS needs Draymond. <a href="https://t.co/7ahZeRqAjN">https://t.co/7ahZeRqAjN</a>

Hot-Takes Basketball @HotTakesB_ball

Clutch defense down the stretch by <a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> ...he may not be the superstar you want but he's the superstar stopper you need

Connor Maguire @overhypedconnor

<a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> is legitimately a first ballot hall of famer<br><br>-3x champ<br>-4x all star<br>-1x all nba 2nd<br>-1x all nba 3rd<br>-4x 1st all defense<br>-2x 2nd all defense<br>-1x dpoy<br>-1x szn steals leader <br>-2 olympic gold medals<br><br>this is the nba hill i’ll die on

Gaurav Misra @gauravmisra15

<a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> fighting over a screen and blocking a potentially game tying 3 pointer is the best representation of <a href="https://twitter.com/warriors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@warriors</a> basketball. Everyone talks about the shooting but their high IQ defense led by Draymond (and Iggy in the past) is what wins them championships.

Jacob Wolf @JacobWolf

Anyone who thinks Draymond Green isn’t a first-ballot HOFer is nuts. I get he’s third fiddle to two other HOFers, but his defense and facilitating skills make it pretty inarguable.

Ty Lindsey @ty_lindsey

Death, taxes, Draymond Green making a big play on defense.

T'Challa at ya boi!! @hustledetector

How many times have we seen <a href="https://twitter.com/Money23Green?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Money23Green</a> make the HUGE steal or block at the end of the game FTW in the post season.? That's already twice through two rounds...and counting. <a href="https://t.co/IkKlhwwL5m">https://t.co/IkKlhwwL5m</a>

Efozzymomoh @Efozzymomoh1

What a block by Draymond Green.. defensive masterclass right there! Golden state leading with 5 points. 19 seconds to go! 100-95 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WarriorsVsGrizzlies?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WarriorsVsGrizzlies</a>

that grumpy cat @mrtipoff

That Draymond Green block was the MVP play of the game 💪🏻

Green isn't quite the same player he was when the Warriors made five straight NBA Finals. In the regular season, he averaged 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists and was limited to 46 games.

In the playoffs, though, Golden State has had a 15.0 net rating with him on the court, and the team's defensive rating has risen by 9.3 points per 100 possessions when he's on the bench, according to NBA.com.

The six-time All-Defensive standout is holding opponents to 40.2 percent shooting overall, 10.7 percent worse than their usual average. On three-pointers, opposing players are hitting just 27.3 percent of their shots with him as the primary defender.

Should the Warriors go on to win their seventh championship, Green will be a major reason why.