Whereas Curry scored 22 points and hit a couple of daggers towards the end to put the Knicks away for good, Green proved to be the more efficient player throughout. Adding 20 points, he shot 8 of 12 from the field and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. This went along with two blocks and three assists.
Such a versatile performance has been par for the course all season long for Green, who was widely considered to be an All-Star candidate if the Western Conference leading Warriors were awarded a third one, a la the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks. The forward is averaging 11.4 points (on 43% from the field and 34% from deep), 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks through 49 contests. Needless to say, he's a true stat-sheet stuffer, and can hurt opposing teams in a number of different ways.
While his point average may not be all too imposing, Green has clearly taken a necessary backseat to the likes of Curry and Thompson as he and others buy into a team concept that has helped Golden State sit atop their conference.
In New York, Green would be considered more of a centralized figure, even on the offensive end. He'd be given more freedom to score the basketball, which would be a plus. Even so, his value would continue to be displayed across the board.
The good thing about Green being in the shadows of other players at this point is the fact that when he hits the free agency market this coming summer, there's a chance other teams could outbid Golden State for his services. Color the Knicks as a team that should be interested.
Is Green a max player at this point? Probably not, but there's a good chance he'd likely prove his worth, even at an $10-$12 million per year salary. Given his numbers with the Warriors, the 24 year could arguably average a double-double with anywhere between 15-17 points to go along with 10 rebounds per contest in the Big Apple.
Of course, in a perfect world, Phil Jackson will target the bigger names available, a la Marc Gasol and others. It's one thing to desire. It's another thing to execute, quality players in solid situations don't want to leave. In a case like Gasol, a maximum contract is his for the taking wherever he goes. But that might not bode true for Green.
Green is a winner and a quality player at that, but the Knicks can undoubtedly offer him more than most teams, even if that doesn't translate into a maximum contract. He'd be a popular figure under the bright lights of the big city. Not many teams can offer that, and it's something New York should use to their advantage.
To his own credit, the 6'7", 230 pound Green is physical player who can fight his way inside for easy buckets and/or pull down boards on either side of the floor. A player with sound defensive instincts, he can also hit the three-ball on occasion.
Being apart of the Warriors' organization, it's clear he has an understanding of what a winning culture is like. It might be appealing to him (at the right price, of course) to be someone who helps spearhead such a movement in New York as a number two or three alongside Carmelo Anthony.