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Draymond Green is the real Warriors MVP

There is no denying that Stephen Curry is an incredible player, but Draymond Green is proving to be Golden State's most important player.

There is no denying that Stephen Curry is an incredible player, but Draymond Green is proving to be Golden State’s most important player.

Stephen Curry became the first-ever player to be voted as the unanimous MVP in the history of the NBA. He was incredible in his encore performance, breaking his own 3-point record and continuing to change the game as he continues to be the most unguardable player in the league. But while Curry might be the MVP of the league, he might not be the MVP of his team.

In the Warrior’s 112-97 Game 5 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals, Draymond Green was sorely missed. He’s the driving force of Golden State. Curry is an incredible shooter, but does not impact the game in as many ways as Green does.

Earlier in the playoffs the Curry missed six games and the Warriors went 4-2. In Curry’s absence the Warriors were still putting up over 100 points as Klay Thompson stepped up as the team’s dominant outside shooter and Shaun Livington stepped up as a big offensive threat as Curry’s replacement at point guard. But without Green in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors had no way of slowing down the Cavaliers.

The Warriors have a bevvy or shooters and scorers, but they only have one guy who does what Green does. He can score, defend, pass, shoot, play against bigger opponent, keep up with smaller opponents. He can do a lot of everything and heals a lot more.

The Warriors are far from a good defensive team, but they are great at help defense because Green is so active defensively and long. Without Green in Game 5, the Cavaliers were able to attack Curry on the defensive end and the Warriors has no backup plan. Kyrie Irving scored 41 points on 17-for-24 shooting with a 5-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. LeBron James also scored 41 points off 16-for-30 shooting and a 4-for-8 performance from beyond the arc as he focused on getting around to Thompson or Harrison Barnes. Usually Green would be shifting over to help them out when those guys would drive to the basket, but without him there, there was no second line of defense.

He defends everybody, from 7-footers, to small point guards. His passion for the game and relentlessness on the court is just about unmatched. Despite a limited skill set and him only standing 6-foot-7, Green can play center in a small Warriors lineup that is hard to defend, and he also leads the team in rebounds. He’s redefined his position, bring the ball up the floor and is tough as nails in the paint. He sets screens and has carried his ability at racking up triple-doubles into the NBA.

Green has an endless motor and has proven to be the heart and soul of the team. With him back for Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors certainly have a great chance to close out the series for a second-straight NBA Championship.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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