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OAKLAND -- Steve Kerr had a wish list when he signed on as Warriors coach and atop it was a "stretch-four" -- a power forward with a reliable 3-point shot.
Kevin Love was the fantasy and the Warriors did plenty of gawking. Channing Frye was a backup option, and the Warriors did plenty of recruiting. There was chatter about Ryan Anderson, despite his big salary.
As so sexy names were being floated during summer, backup forward Draymond Green was doing work.
And now, four months later, the sexy names are irrelevant to the Warriors. With incumbent starter David Lee out injured, Green has started 10 games and done it well enough to fulfill Kerr's wish list.
"One hundred percent," Kerr said after practice Thursday. "Draymond is our stretch-four. He's also a great low-post defender. He's our vocal leader. He's great with penetrating and pitching, putting it on the floor and making the extra pass. He's giving us a different dimension.
"But he's gotten very consistent with that 3-point shot. That's where he's different from the last couple years. He's worked hard at it. You could see it coming last year ... but he wasn't there all the time. Now it feels like it's going to go in all the time."
Green is shooting 41.9 (18 of 43) from beyond the arc, slightly better than celebrated teammate Stephen Curry. But the 3-point shooting represents only a fraction of his value.
Green has a tremendous feel for the game, seeing nuances as well as the obvious. He rebounds well (7.2 per game), passes well, defends well, has a decent handle and is eager to get dirty. He's brings much of the glue to one of the league's best teams -- not that his profile has soared through the roof.
After studying his skill set, Kerr and his staff provided Green with video of another forward to study: Boris Diaw of the Spurs.
"Boris is a different player, but similar in that he's an undersized four, in terms of height," Kerr said. "It's a good comparison. The versatility at the four in today's game is really important."
And if you watch Diaw, how seamlessly he galvanizes the action around him, you see where Green is headed.
"You hear people classify Channing Frye as a stretch-four, which he is because he can stretch a defense," Green said. "Or they'll classify Kevin Love as a stretch-four, which he is because he can stretch a defense.
"But you'll never hear anybody say Boris Diaw is a stretch-four. But he may be one of the best in the game. It's not just all about his 3-point shooting.''
Diaw is not a shooting specialist. He is, however, a dangerous shooter. It's the same with Green. Though he has twice surpassed the 20-point barrier, he also has a 10-rebound game, a seven-assist game and a four-block game.
"I've shot the ball well, but more importantly I've gotten better at catching it and swinging and moving the ball and continuing to understand the flow of the offense," Green said. "But people have to guard me out to the 3-point line."
That’s precisely what Kerr wanted, a power forward who could create more space for his designated shooters, particularly Klay Thompson and Curry. Spacing is integral to the offense being installed.
"When you can stretch the floor with Draymond, swing it to him and he puts it on the floor with all that floor spacing, there's no defense for that," Kerr said. "You can't scheme for that."
Though Kerr likely would welcome another stretch-four, the desperate need is 100 percent satisfied. The way Green is performing, the coach can cross one item off his wish list.