The Golden State Warriors have been hit with the NBA's version of the plague. Klay Thompson is out for the entire season due to a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of last season's NBA Finals. Stephen Curry broke his left hand, keeping him out for at least three months. Even D'Angelo Russell is sidelined for at least two weeks with a thumb sprain.
As the Warriors resort to putting bench players in the starting unit, the only star remaining is Draymond Green. Given the role he played in the organization winning three Larry O'Brien Trophies, many expected Green to pick up the slack.
While he's been an effective rebounder and ball distributor, Green has struggled to shoot the ball.
Entering Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, Green has shot 38.7% from the field, his lowest since his rookie season (32.7%). In his previous six seasons, Green shot over 40% from the field.
The absences of Curry, Thompson, and Russell have been a detriment to Green. Prior to the Grizzlies game on Tuesday night, Green scored fewer than 11 points in his last six games, shooting less than 40% in four of those contests.
Head coach Steve Kerr even switched Green to the point guard position to try to change his luck, but to no avail. While he's racking up boards and assists, he's not scoring the points that the Warriors need from their supposed star.
Without his cast of fellow studs Draymond Green's shooting struggles are being broadcast for all to see, especially during an uncharacteristically woeful season for Golden State.