Draymond Green on heavily-criticized Kevin Durant's decision to join Warriors in 2016

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Draymond Green on heavily-criticized Kevin Durant's decision to join Warriors in 2016

Draymond Green said he felt Kevin Durant "wanted to play good basketball" and that's why he decided to join the Golden State Warriors in 2016. After Durant joined the Warriors, they made three consecutive NBA Finals and won two titles.

“KD wanted to play good basketball,” Green said on this appearance in the “Checc’n In” podcast, per NBC Sports. “You saw the type of basketball we was playing, guys moving the ball. It’s Steph hot.

Everybody running screen for Steph. Everybody trying to get Steph the ball; we having fun. He wanted to play good basketball. We were playing the best brand of basketball. The brand of basketball that we play, pass, move. No one in the NBA was playing that brand of basketball except for the San Antonio Spurs."

Green: Durant liked our style of basketball

In the 2016 Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder - which were led by Durant and Russell Westbrook at the time - took a 3-1 lead over the Warriors. The Thunder then failed to close out the series as the Warriors won the series in seven games.

After the 2015/16 season was over, Durant signed with the Warriors. “Everybody’s running pick and roll and taking advantage of mismatches because that was the cycle that the NBA was in,” Green added. “We then changed the game of basketball and how basketball was played.

KD saw that. KD wanted to play that brand of basketball. KD wanted to play with us. In my heart, believe before it ever came to them being up 3-1. KD wanted to come to the Warriors”. Durant was widely and heavily criticized for his decision to join the Warriors.

At the time, the Warriors had one of the best teams in the NBA and Durant joining them made them almost unbeatable. The Warriors won back-to-back titles in Durant's first two years with the team, but didn't win in 2019.

In the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant and Klay Thompson were injured and the Toronto Raptors took the advantage to win the title. After the 2019 season was over, Durant left the Warriors to join the Brooklyn Nets. When Durant requested a trade from the Nets this offseason, the Warriors looked at the possibility of trading for Durant. But nothing happened in the end as Durant decided to stay with the Nets.