JaMychal Green brings the mindset of dogs, needs the power of warriors

The Warriors lost more than stats and numbers with a handful of free agency rollouts this summer. A piece of their hearts and souls disappeared, and memories of celebrating the championship became instead of moving forward in the team.

Juan Toscano Anderson will always represent Oakland and Dub Nation will always represent JTA. Long years in the G League until he finally got his chance in the NBA, Gary Payton II left everything on the field. In the limited qualifying opportunities, Nemanja Bjelica put in a lot of effort and fought for rebounds and dives for loose balls.

JaMychal Green is ready to make sure the Warriors don’t lose an iota of toughness as they look to repeat as champions next season.

“Just go in and play hard,” Green said Monday when asked about his role with the Warriors. “Be a dog. Do the dirty work, help [Draymond Green] Dirty work out and hit shots and defense play.

“Just come here to play hard.”

On Monday, Green officially signed his one-year, minimum veteran contract with the Warriors after a buyout deal between him and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Green has made it clear more than once that he plans to be a “dog” of warriors. This is something every great team, every champion needs. Golden State has it in Draymond and their list is full of competitors. They’ve had these guys who have had a lot of dogs before, and Kerr never fails to stress the importance of physical and mental toughness.

The franchisees feel they have that in another Green.

He won’t back down from competitors giving an A match against the Warriors. He won’t back down from the flying elbow in the paint and he won’t back off from the big guys. This includes playing the center ball sometimes.

“Absolutely,” Green said of giving the Warriors center minutes. “I feel like every team I’ve been to so far, I’ve been the fifth substitute at times. I’m comfortable with that.”

Last season, according to Basketball-Reference, Green spent 10 percent of his time on the ground as a center for the Nuggets. In the previous season, that number was 12 percent. Those two percentage points ranked second and third in his career, after only 2015-2016 when he played 16 percent as a center for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Of course, Kevin Looney and James Wiseman will play the bulk of the Warriors Center minutes. Behind them, they have no traditional big man. Draymond, who is listed at 6-foot-6, and JaMychal, who is listed at 6-foot-8, should see the time there.

What Warriors should focus more on with Green’s skill set is his shot. Like this is the first time we’ve heard of who – which over here.

Last season, the new warrior fired 26.6% from a 3-point range. Now we have more insight into what led to that.

“I hurt my wrist,” Green said. “So this played a lot with me in shooting. As I approached the end of the season, I just stopped shooting. I started working around the basket more and it ended up jamming my wrist.

“It’s all about the actors and confidence. Once I get the actors at the end of the summer, I’ll be fine. I was just fighting through some things last year. It’s just been a low year.”

The seasoned veteran still shot 48.6 percent of the field, thanks to making 62.1 percent of his throws — his highest mark for an entire season. Green also made 87.1 percent of his free throws, indicating that his shooting strokes are far from broken.

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Big points, rebounds and dunks will come with time for Green. He’s focused on making his presence felt in other ways, too.

Ways not seen in the points box, however remain a key element to winning.

“I’m just going in, and being a dog,” Green said. “Hit people in attack mode screens, hit people on defense. Bounce back, drop shots when they’re open and just run the ground. I’ll be here to do all the little things.”

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