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Timofey Mozgov vs. Draymond Green: Who Has the Edge at Center?

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Thanks to a Game 4 lineup change by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, we now have a fascinating NBA Finals matchup at the center position: Timofey Mozgov versus Draymond Green.

Mozgov, the hulking Russian, has held down the 5 position for the Cleveland Cavaliers ever since joining the team in January. His traditional big man skills and solid athleticism have made him especially valuable in Kevin Love‘s absence.

For the Warriors, Green has stepped in as Golden State’s nominal man in the middle. He’s started at the 4 the whole year, and now slides up a position with Andre Iguodala replacing center Andrew Bogut in the first unit. Green’s skill set is wide-ranging and unique for a big man.

Since we didn’t get to look at this particular matchup before the series, let’s analyze Mozgov’s and Green’s abilities in every relevant aspect of the game (using the first four contests of the Finals to help us) and decide who has the edge moving forward in the series.

Remember, this isn’t necessarily a determination of which player is better overall. It’s merely who has the head-to-head advantage at the center position in this matchup.

All statistics are from Basketball-Reference.comNBA.com and ESPN.com (including ESPN’s Hollinger Stats) and updated through June 13 unless otherwise indicated.

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