Draymond Green Places Some Blame on The Young Guys for Warriors' Struggles

The Golden State Warriors are off to a terrible start to the season. The 2022 Champions have a record of 3-6 and have lost four straight. Part of the struggle has been playing defense. They are ranked 26th in team defensive rating. The other part of the struggle has been the bench and the production out of their young guys, and Draymond Green made sure to place some of the blame on them.

One of the most vocal players on the Warriors roster is Green who does not shy away from making comments and being the focal point in press conferences. He has been more recently vilified for his punch on teammate Jordan Poole. However, he is also seen as a leader on the team that holds players accountable. In a post-game interview after the loss to the Orlando Magic, Green said "it's definitely some of our young guys' fault." He added that "they have to get better."
The core of Green, Klay Thompson, and Stephen Curry has created one of the greatest dynasties in league history. On top of having the best regular season record of all time in the NBA, they also have 4 championships to show for it. The winning culture has also bled into the young core of the team.

Poole recently signed a massive extension as well as teammate Andrew Wiggins. Along with James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga, the Warriors have been trying to groom the group of young guys on being the up-and-coming players to carry on the team's success. They have experienced what it feels like to win at the highest level, but there is always room for improvement.

Green is being critical of the team although they have the 9th best bench production this season. In the four losses though, they have averaged 33 points a game, five below the usual output. That is not the absolute worst but can be part of the recent struggles. The Warriors hope to get the spark needed from the young guys to break their losing streak against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. 

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