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Steve Kerr on Draymond Green: ‘He’s a future Hall of Famer’

Steve Kerr on Tuesday night paid Draymond Green the ultimate compliment following the Golden State Warriors’ elimination of the New Orleans Pelicans.

During his post-game presser, the Warriors head coach could not help but marvel at Green’s performance in Tuesday’s 113-104 Game 5 victory — 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists — while making note that the do-it-all forward is still young at 28 and already boasts the bona fides of a Hall of Fame-caliber player.

“The guy has huge energy, amazing defense, incredible basketball intellect. He’s a future Hall of Famer. He’s right in his prime right now, but this guy is the perfect modern-day NBA big,” Kerr said, as transcribed by FanSided. “He can guard everybody, he can step out and make threes, he can handle the ball in transition. This is what the NBA has become, and you have to have somebody like Draymond to have a good team. So, we’re lucky to have him.”

Green has experienced quite the eventful postseason. While he has continued to engage in his patented disruptive and antagonistic antics — another thing that elicited praise out of Kerr — Green also was targeted by a death threat from a now-disgraced comedian, who later apologized for his “edgy joke” and deleted his Twitter account.

The incident prompted Kerr to indicate the Warriors would beef up security throughout the remainder of the team’s postseason run. Up next, the Warriors will face the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, a match-up NBA fans have been dreaming of — not to mention expecting — all season.

Suffice to say, expect Green to play an integral role in every facet in the Warriors’ quest for four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. It’s clear Kerr anticipates as much.