For the first time in his career, Draymond Green won't be participating in the NBA playoffs.
Green and the Warriors will watch 16 teams compete for a chance to hoist the 2020 Larry O'Brien trophy when the postseason tournament is scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.
There are a handful of teams headed to Orlando that have a really good shot of winning the NBA title, but Green has his eyes on two teams during the NBA restart.
"I think going into the season and all season long, the [Los Angeles] Clippers were the favorite," Green said Tuesday on the "Jalen and Jacoby" show on ESPN. "When you look at their team, I think they have someone that checks every box, from a defender, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverly.
"When you're talking great size with Kawhi, Paul George, Marcus Morris, they check all the boxes. They can match up with any team well. And they have shooting. They have Montrezl [Harrell] down low. They have everything that you need to win a championship."
— Jalen & Jacoby (@JalenandJacoby) June 30, 2020
But while Green likes what the Clippers have, he's picking the Los Angeles Lakers to win it all.
"However, I think going into this bubble, the Lakers got to be the favorite because they got LeBron [James] and he can kind of adjust anything," Green said. "And I think he's probably the most disciplined player we've ever seen in the NBA, and that's going to matter going into this bubble. Having LeBron on your team going into this bubble gives you a slight advantage."
It has to be tough for Green to pick Leonard and James as the favorites to win the NBA title considering his past battles with the two NBA superstars.
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Green and James weren't exactly best friends during the four straight Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals. But their relationship has gotten better recently. They've gotten together for shows on "The Uninterrupted," and over the weekend, James showed his support for Green's push for NCAA reforms.
Green won't be in Orlando, but he's sure to be watching and reacting as games take place at the Disney World complex. We'll soon find out if Green's analysis is correct.
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