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The Warriors’ Draymond Green triple doubled his pleasure this season

The Warriors’ Draymond Green slams down two points against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Oakland.
The Warriors’ Draymond Green slams down two points against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Oakland. The Associated Press

In his fourth season in the NBA, forward Draymond Green, the heart and soul of the world champion Golden State Warriors, became an All-Star and a triple double machine.

And pretty much anything and everything the Warriors needed him to be on any given night during their march to an NBA-record 73-9 regular-season record.

Green’s 13 triple doubles were second only to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook’s NBA-leading 18.

The former second-round pick out of Michigan State (the 35th overall draft pick in the 2012 NBA draft) averaged career bests in scoring (14), rebounds (9.5), assists (7.4) and blocks (1.4). The Warriors’ Mr. Versatility also averaged 1.2 three-pointers and 1.5 steals per contest.

Green was also 16th in the NBA with 33 double doubles. Not to be outdone by Splash Brother teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Green hit for as many as five three-pointers in a game on three occasions.

The league’s Defensive Player of the Year runner-up (to Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs) had five or more steals in four games, including two games with six. Green also had six games with four or more blocks, including two games with five.

Green was every fantasy basketball owner’s dream in a 111-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 2, recording a triple double with 29 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists while also adding five three-pointers and four steals.

A game-by-game glance at Green’s regular-season triple doubles

Date

Opp.

Score

Pts

Reb

Ast

4/3/16

Portland

W, 136-111

22

10

10

3/27/16

Philadelphia

W, 117-105

13

11

11

2/20/16

@L.A. Clippers

W, 115-112

18

11

10

2/3/16

@Washington

W, 134-121

12

10

12

1/31/16

@New York

W, 116-95

20

10

10

1/8/16

@Portland

W, 128-108

11

13

10

1/4/16

Charlotte

W, 111-101

13

15

10

1/2/16

Denver

W, 111-108

29

17

14

12/31/15

@Houston

W, 114-110

10

11

16

12/16/15

Phoenix

W, 128-103

16

11

10

11/28/15

Sacramento

W, 120-101

13

11

12

11/27/15

@Phoenix

W, 135-116

14

10

10

11/14/15

Brooklyn

W, 107-99

16

10

12

Compiled by Stu Rosenberg

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