Draymond Identifies Difference Between ‘stars That Win and the Stars That Lose'

This season, NBA.com began keeping track of "hustle stats."

The categories: screen assists, deflections, loose balls recovered, charges drawn, contested 2-point shoots, contested 3-point shots and overall contested shots.

"Oh, this is my area because this is about energy," Draymond Green recently told Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins. "You can get an assist without expending energy. You can score a point without expending energy. Sometimes you can even get a rebound without expending energy.

"But you don't set screens without expending energy. You don't contest shots without expending energy. You don't get deflections -- unless you walk into one every now and then -- without expending energy. These are the things in basketball you have to really want to do."

During the regular season, Draymond was 2nd in deflections (3.9), 17th in loose balls recovered (1.2), 14th in contested 2-point shots (, 7th in contested 3-point shots (4.1) and 5th in overall contested shots (13.7).

In the playoffs, he's 4th in deflections (4.5), 18th in loose balls recovered (2.0), 2nd in contested 2-point shots (11.0), 15th in contested 3-point shots (4.0) and 3rd in overall contested shots (15.0).

He also is averaging 2.0 steals and 2.6 blocks per game.

According to Draymond, the Warriors would be "good even without all that. We'd be damn good. You look around the league, you see a lot of stars who don't make these kinds of plays, and they still have good teams. But they're not serious. They're not chasing greatness.

"We are, and we realize these plays are the difference between the stars that win and the stars that lose. So when you combine the little things we do with the skill and the talent and the dynamic scoring, then all of a sudden you have a fu--ing animal that's almost impossible to contain."

Draymond finished runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year each of the last two seasons and is considered the front-runner to win the award this season.

"I want to create another lane to the NBA, and these numbers help," Draymond told Jenkins. "We can't all shoot like Steph. We can't all be 7-feet and move like KD. But that doesn't mean you can't do something just as important. So many times I watch games and think, 'Man, why is that guy trying to score like that, he can't do it.'

"But he's been told his whole life, 'You have to go get 40 if you want to be one of the top dogs.' It's my goal to build a lane where you can be a top dog and you don't gotta go get that 40. You can go get four and still be a top dog."

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