Considered one of the “Big Three” on the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green is one of the most versatile and passionate power forwards in the NBA. Although Green dropped into the second round and was the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, he overcame this perceived slight against him. His unbreakable work ethic in both college and the NBA have allowed Green to excel as a consummate athlete, a player who can do it all on the basketball court. While Green has already obtained one NBA title, his insatiable desire to be the best player on the court could elevate this fearless leader to new heights in the coming years.
Born: Saginaw, Michigan
Weight: 230 lbs
Team: Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green Stats
While Green is well-known for his eye-popping defensive and offensive numbers for the Golden State Warriors, his athletic abilities were first realized when he played for the Michigan State Spartans.
2008 – 2012
Under head coach Tom Izzo, Green was able to transform from a one-dimensional defensive forward into a double-double machine that could contribute just as effectively on the offensive end. Primarily coming off of the bench his freshman and sophomore years, Green became one of the most valuable defensive assets in college basketball. Averaging 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game his sophomore year, Green went on to be the first player in Michigan State history to be named the Big Ten Sixth Man of The Year.
As a junior, Green averaged 12.6 points per game and became the third Michigan State basketball player behind Magic Johnson and Charlie Bell to record a triple-double in a season.
During his senior year, Green led the Spartans to a regular season Big Ten championship and eventually helped the Spartans win the Big Ten tournament as well. Averaging a double (16.2 PPG, 10.6 RPG), Green was named the Big Ten Player of The Week four times; no other Michigan State basketball player has won the award more than three times in one season. On March 5, 2012, Green was named the Big Ten Player of The Year. Green would go on to end his career at Michigan State as one of three players in school history to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
2012 – 2015
After being drafted with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Green was quickly able to garner ample playing time as a rookie. In the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson, Green was averaging between 15-20 minutes per game by November 22. During the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, Green’s offensive contributions were monumental in helping the Warriors win the series in six games. Although the Warriors would go on to lose to the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the following round, Green proved that he could be a catalyst for success, particularly in the postseason.
During the offseason, Green lost 20 pounds and showed impressive improvements in both his three-point shooting and defense. Green went on to play in all 82 games of the regular season and once again was a vital component in the Warriors staying competitive against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. While the Warriors would go on to lose the series in seven games, Green received high praise for his effectiveness as a defensive juggernaut. He averaged 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks during the first round playoff series.
The start of the 2014-2015 season saw Green finally come into his own as a consistent starter. With David Lee starting off the season with a hamstring injury, Green was promoted to the starting lineup as a power forward. After starting the season with a 5-2 record, the Warriors would go on to win their next 16 matchups with Green averaging 13.3 points per game during the win streak. By the end of the season, Green finished runner-up in both the Defensive Player Of The Year Award and Most Improved Player Award. Green was able to cap off the best season of his career by winning the NBA championship. In game six of the NBA Finals, Green stepped in as a center for Andrew Bogut and recorded a triple-double in that game.
2016 – Present
After a sensational year with the Warriors in 2015, Green signed a five-year, $82 million contract to stay with Golden State in the offseason. Not only did Green help the Warriors to their first 10-0 start in franchise history, he contributed effectively by posting an impressive record of 11.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game during that stretch. As Green continued to put up dazzling numbers, he became the first non-guard since Grant Hill (1996-1997) to record 13 triple-doubles in a single season. While Green and the Warriors eventually lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals (during which Green missed a critical game five due to accumulating his fourth flagrant foul in the playoffs), Green took a major step towards becoming the one of the most versatile power forwards in the NBA. Despite regressing slightly during the 2016-2017 regular season, statistically speaking, Green continued to assert himself as a fearless defensive phenom and became the only player to record a triple-double while scoring less than 10 points in NBA history (12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 10, 2017). As of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Green put up 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals in a game one victory over the Portland Trailblazers.