You might be surprised at the player who has emerged as the most pivotal piece in Oklahoma City this season. Because it hasn’t been Kevin Durant, the Thunder’s superstar scorer, or Thabo Sefolosha, the team’s dogged defender. The most important player on the Thunder’s roster through 19 games has been Jeff Green, the still unheralded third-year forward whose play the Thunder has either rallied behind or fallen flat because of. A simple deduction can now be made entering tonight’s game against Golden State. When Green plays well, the Thunder generally wins. When he underperforms, so too does OKC. In the Thunder’s 10 wins, Green is averaging 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In the team’s nine losses, Green has underwhelming averages of 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Green’s shooting percentages from the field, 3-point line and free throw line also are markedly better in wins. Only Green’s blocks and turnovers are better in losses. The statistics show Green, for better or for worse, has now evolved into the all-so important sidekick to Durant that he was projected to be when the franchise selected him fifth overall in 2007. "He’s a very integral part of our team,” said Durant. "He’s one of our leaders, so we depend on him a lot. We’ve got to continue to encourage him and feed him the ball and make sure his confidence is always up.” Confidence has rarely, if ever, been an issue for Green. Consistency, on the other hand, is where Green must continue to step up and emulate Durant, who’s numbers only take a slight dip in losses. Point guard Russell Westbrook, oddly enough, averages more points, rebounds and steals in losses than wins. But perhaps a more pertinent stat is Green’s production when Durant scores 35 points or more. The Thunder is just 1-3 in those games. Green eclipsed his season average of 14.3 points only once, shot just 40 percent and averaged a mere four rebounds in the three losses. In the one win, a 127-108 victory over Washington, Green had 19 points and 14 rebounds, providing Durant with a steady and sufficient second option. "Jeff is a strong-minded player, so I know if he has a bad game, the next one he’s going to have a great one,” Durant said. Green’s statistics at times can be misleading. He has a knack for making smart plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet, like the pass that leads to the assist or a box out or tip on the defensive end that doesn’t end in him snaring the rebound but allows a teammate to corral it. "When he rebounds, that really helps us,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Do I like him making shots? Yes. But I like him rebounding just as much for us. If he can get to seven or eight rebounds a game it helps.” Text "OKTHUNDER” to 65360 for your chance to win 2 tickets to OKC Thunder vs. Detroit on December 18.