Draymond Green Says Warriors Aren't We Believe 2.0: 'We Got F--King Steph Curry'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2021

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green and Stephen Curry embrace following the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The Golden State Warriors are coming off being the NBA's worst team last season, but Draymond Green cautioned against considering them plucky underdogs.ย 

According to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, Green responded to the 2020-21 Warriors being compared to the "We Believe" 2006-07 Warriors following Golden State's 122-116 win over the No. 2-seeded Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

Green gave credit to the players who helped turn the Warriors around in 2006-07 but added: "We ain't no We Believe 2.0. We got three championships."

Green also said, "We got f--king Steph Curry," per Thompson.

To Green's point, the only similarity between the 2006-07 Warriors and the 2020-21 Warriors may be that they went from being a last-place team in their division the previous year to a playoff team the next.

The 2006-07 Warriors entered the season in the middle of a 12-year playoff drought, but thanks to big additions such as Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, as well as the development of Monta Ellis and the continued leadership of Jason Richardson and Baron Davis, the Dubs turned things around.

Not only did the 2006-07 Warriors make the playoffs at 42-40, they also upset the top-seeded, 67-15 Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

This year's Warriors are also the eighth seed at 37-33, which is no small feat considering they went 15-50 last season.

Rather than a complete roster haul, however, there is one major difference for the Warriors this season compared to last, and that is Curry.

Last season, Golden State was without Klay Thompson for the entire year and Curry for all but five games due to injuries. That left Green and D'Angelo Russell on an island in terms of being All-Star players, and then the Warriors traded Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal that brought back Andrew Wiggins.

Improved play from Green, an increased comfort level for Wiggins and the addition of Kelly Oubre Jr. are factors that have helped Golden State this season, but it primarily comes down to Curry playing at an MVP level.

Curry is leading the NBA this season with 31.8 points per game, while also averaging 5.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 5.3 three-pointers made and 1.2 steals per contest.

The "We Believe" Warriors had some excellent players, but none of them came close to the level of three-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP and future Hall of Famer Steph Curry.

Curry's case to win a third NBA MVP award this season is a strong one, as he took the Warriors from being the NBA's worst team to one that has the potential to go on a deep playoff run.

This year's Warriors do have it a bit tougher than the 2006-07 edition in that they'll have to take part in a postseason play-in tournament to make the playoff field, but with how Curry is performing right now, they'll be favorites to get in.

If and when they do, there isn't a team that wants to face them, including the top-seeded Utah Jazz or the likes of the Suns or Los Angeles Clippers.

As great a story as the 2006-07 Warriors were, they weren't a true threat to go all the way and win a title. With Curry leading the way, the 2020-21 Warriors potentially are.