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Draymond Green

Draymond Green
Green at a Golden State Warriors open practice in October 2012.
No. 23 – Golden State Warriors
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-03-04) March 4, 1990
Saginaw, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Saginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards

Draymond Jamal Green ( ) (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Green grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and played college basketball at Michigan State. With Michigan State, Green helped the team to two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. Throughout his career at Michigan State, Green earned conference and national honors, including Big Ten Conference Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore and consensus All-American and NABC National Player of the Year honors as a senior. In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Green in the second round as the 35th overall pick.

High school career

In high school, he led the Saginaw Trojans to two state championships. During his high school career, he averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots a game. His high school team recorded a 27-1 record and was ranked number 4 in the USA Today national high school rankings.[1] Coming out of high school, he was recruited by Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Indiana.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Draymond Green
Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jun 28, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 26 (PF); 17 (school)   Rivals: 31 (PF); 122 (national)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2008 Michigan St. Basketball Commitment List". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  • "2008 Michigan State College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  • "Michigan State Spartans 2008 Player Commits". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 18, 2013. 

College career

2008–09 season

Originally having committed to Kentucky, Green eventually decided to play for the Michigan State Spartans under coach Tom Izzo. During the regular season of his freshman year, Green came off the bench to average 3.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. During Michigan State's 2009 NCAA tournament run to the championship game, Green averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with a season-best 67.9% shooting percentage.[3]

2009–10 season

During his sophomore year (2009–10), Green started 3 of 37 games played and averaged 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.[1] The Big Ten Conference named Green sixth man of the year.[3] Michigan State also named Green the Most Improved Player of the year.[1] Twice, Green scored a season-high 19 points, on December 10 against Oakland and December 30 against Texas–Arlington.[1] He also had seven games with double-doubles, including 17 points and 16 rebounds on February 6 against Illinois.[1]

2010–11 season

Green, as a junior, averaged 12.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game.[3] On February 10, 2011, Green followed Charlie Bell and Magic Johnson to be the third Michigan State men's basketball player to record a triple-double.[4] In the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament he recorded his second triple-double of the season and the eleventh in NCAA tournament history in the loss against UCLA.[5]

2011–12 season

Green playing with Michigan State in the 2011 Carrier Classic.

As a senior (2011-12 season), Green captained the Spartans to a regular season Big Ten championship and Big Ten Tournament championship. The 2011-12 squad compiled a regular season 24-7 record and a 13-5 mark in Big Ten play, good for the team's 13th conference title and the third in the previous four years. Green was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the week four times during the 2012 season; no other Spartan in history has won the award more than three times in a single season.[6] On March 5, 2012, Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.[7] On March 10, 2012, Draymond passed Johnny Green as the second all-time rebounding leader at MSU, finishing the game with 1,046 career rebounds.[8] On March 16, 2012, Green recorded his third career triple double against LIU-Brooklyn in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as just the third player in NCAA history to have 2 career triple doubles in the NCAA tournament.[9] On March 22, 2012, in a loss to Louisville, Green collected 16 rebounds, bringing him to 1,096 career rebounds, the most in Michigan State history ahead of Greg Kelser.[3] He ended his career as one of three players in Michigan State history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.[10]

NBA career

Golden State Warriors (2012–present)

2012–13 season

"He's a leader, and he doesn't care about tenure. He stepped in here as a leader, and that's a leader's mentality. Guys embrace him, because they realize he doesn't just do it when he's playing well and when we're winning. He does it in the face of adversity...He's cooling off opponents' hottest (scorers), keeping a body on them and making it tough on them. He's rebounding and making plays offensively. He's giving us a presence by playing with force. The guy is just a tremendous competitor."

—Coach Mark Jackson on Draymond Green[11]

In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Green in the second round, 35th overall. Prior to the 2012–13 season, Green signed a three-year, $2.6 million contract with Golden State.[12] In the season opener on October 31 against the Phoenix Suns, Green played one minute, made one defensive rebound, and committed one foul.[13] Green would gradually get more playing time in subsequent games, especially in the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson.[11] Green had both his first career steal and assist on November 7.[13] In the November 9 game, a 101-77 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Green played 13 minutes and scored his first career point on a free throw. He missed both of his field goal attempts and had two rebounds, a steal, and a turnover.[13] Playing for 10 minutes on November 14, Green scored 5 points on 2-of-3 shooting and 1-of-2 free throw attempts. Green also grabbed a rebound and made his first career blocked shot.[13]

For the first time on November 18, a 119-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green played over 20 minutes. In 25 minutes of playing time, Green made 4 of 6 field goals (including 1 of 2 three-pointers) for 9 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists.[13] After getting only marginal floor time at the beginning of the season, by November 22, Green averaged nearly 17 minutes in the past five games.[14] Green had a season- and career-high 3 blocks on December 5 against the Detroit Pistons and two statistical season highs, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, on December 7 against the Brooklyn Nets.[13] By December 9, as Green gained a bigger role on the team, the Warriors had won 8 of 10 games. Coach Mark Jackson, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, described Green as a "leader" who "doesn't care about tenure" and explained: "He's cooling off opponents' hottest (scorers), keeping a body on them and making it tough on them...He's giving us a presence by playing with force."[11] On December 12, Green made the winning layup with 0.9 second left in the Warriors' 97-95 win over the defending champion Miami Heat. Green made the shot off an assist by Jarrett Jack.[15][16] He scored 7 points and also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.[13]

Green had his first game with double-figure scoring on December 21, with 11 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats as well as 2 rebounds, a season-high 4 assists, and a block. However, Green began to struggle with shooting, with 1-for-5 field goal shooting on January 31 and February 22, 3-for-8 shooting on February 9, and 1-for-6 shooting on February 19, the tail end of a six-game losing streak for the Warriors. On February 27, 2013 against the New York Knicks, Green started his first NBA game. In 27 minutes, Green had 4 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal and block.[13]

For the first four games of March, Green failed to make any of 7 shots, and on March 8, he made only 1 of 4 shots, but he made 4 of 7 the next day. In a March 15 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Green shot 0-for-4 from the field but recorded 5 rebounds and 3 assists.[13] ESPN analyst Ian Thorpe commented in mid-March that Green risked a short NBA career due to his weak offensive game and jumper style.[17]

In Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets on April 20, Nuggets player Andre Miller drove around Green and made the game-winning layup in the Nuggets' 97-95 win over the Warriors. Green explained in the post-game press conference: "In an iso (isolation) situation, the plan is to keep him in front. He got maybe half a step on me, and that's all he really needed to finish. I thought I caught back up to him to get the block, but he switched hands and laid it up on the other side."[18] Improving on his three-point percentage and offensive performance generally, Green helped the Warriors win the first round in six games.[19][20]

On May 8, Green started Game 2 of the Warriors' second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. In the Warriors' 100-91 victory, the Warriors' first victory in San Antonio since the 1996–97 season, Green started in place of Festus Ezeli.[21] Green played 32 minutes and had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists; although he made only 2 of 8 field goals, Green's two field goals disrupted the Spurs' comeback efforts. With 9:49 remaining, Green made a layup to give the Warriors an 86-76 lead after four straight Spurs points. Then with 6:40 left, Green made a three-pointer and put the Warriors up 91-82.[22]

2013–14 season

Green lost 20 pounds in the off-season and showed improvement in three-point shooting and defense.[23] On December 1, in the Warriors' 115-113 win over the Sacramento Kings, Green tipped in a missed shot by Stephen Curry to give the Warriors a 113-111 lead with 28.7 seconds left; the Kings trailed by as many as 16 in the game.[24] On December 25, Green was ejected from the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers for committing a flagrant 2 foul on the Clippers' Blake Griffin.[25] The following day, the NBA fined Green $15,000 for "failing to leave the court in a timely manner" after being ejected.[26]

2014–15 season

On December 6, 2014, Green scored a career high 31 points in the 112-102 win over the Chicago Bulls.[27]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2012–13 Golden State 79 1 13.4 .327 .209 .818 3.3 .7 .5 .3 2.9
2013–14 Golden State 82 12 21.9 .407 .333 .667 5.0 1.9 1.2 .9 6.2
Career 161 13 17.8 .378 .297 .713 4.2 1.3 .9 .6 4.6


2013 Golden State 12 1 18.6 .429 .391 .765 4.3 1.6 0.5 0.8 5.8
2014 Golden State 7 4 32.6 .467 .276 .792 8.3 2.9 1.7 1.7 11.9
Career 19 5 23.7 .448 .327 .780 5.7 2.1 0.9 1.2 8.1

International career

Green represented Team USA Basketball at the 2011 Summer Universiade men's basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China. Team USA finished fifth place in the tournament, and Green averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds with a 46.3% shooting percentage.[28]

Personal life

Green was born in Saginaw, Michigan.[29] His parents are Mary Babers and Wallace Davis.[10] In the summer of 2012, Green moved into an apartment in Emeryville, California. Green considered it too expensive to live in San Francisco as most of his fellow Warriors players did and explained his choice of a modest apartment: "I've been pretty broke my entire life. I'm not going to live that same life, but I'm going to keep those same principles."[12] He identifies as a Christian.[30]

See also


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  2. ^ "Green picks Spartans". ESPN. June 28, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Draymond Green". NBA. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vannini, Chris (February 13, 2011). "Green’s triple-double sparks Spartan win, 75-57". The State News. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "UCLA builds early lead, holds off Michigan State". Associated Press. March 18, 2011. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2013.  Originally published by the AP as "Draymond Green earns 7th triple-double".
  6. ^ "Green Earns 2nd Straight Big Ten Weekly Award". Michigan State Spartans. February 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2012 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors". Big Ten Conference. March 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mariot, Michael. "No. 8 Michigan St. beats No. 14 Wisconsin 65-52". Associated Press. Retrieved August 18, 2013.  Also published by as "Draymond Green carries No. 8 Spartans into first Big Ten finale since 2000".
  9. ^ Withers, Tom (March 16, 2012). "Michigan State handles LIU 89-67". Associated Press. Retrieved January 1, 2013.  Also published by as "Draymond Green's triple-double helps Michigan State advance"
  10. ^ a b "Draymond Green". Michigan State Men's Basketball. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c Simmons, Rusty (December 10, 2012). "Warriors' Green makes big contribution". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (October 5, 2012). "Warriors rookie seems down to Earth". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Draymond Green game log, 2012-2013". Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Thompson, Marcus II (November 23, 2012). "Warriors rookie Draymond Green earning more minutes". The Oakland Tribune. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Warriors slip past Heat 97-95". Associated Press. Retrieved August 18, 2013.  Also published by with box score as "Draymond Green's layup with 0.9 seconds left lifts Warriors past Heat".
  16. ^ NBA (December 12, 2012). "Draymond Green Helps the Warriors Sink the Heat". Youtube. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ Slagter, Josh (March 17, 2013). "'"ESPN analyst: Draymond Green needs consistent jumper, otherwise NBA career could be 'short. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ Henderson, John (April 21, 2013). "Nuggets' Miller victimizes Warriors rookie Green to hit winning shot". Denver Post. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  19. ^ Windsor, Shawn (May 6, 2013). "Draymond Green proving he belongs in NBA". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ Thompson, Marcus II (May 7, 2013). "Warriors notebook: Draymond Green saved his best for postseason". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ Simmons, Rusty (May 9, 2013). "Warriors finally win in San Antonio". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (May 9, 2013). "Draymond Green helps lead Golden State Warriors to NBA Playoff Game 2 win over San Antonio Spurs". The Saginaw News. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  23. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 3, 2013). "For Warriors, Green's work paying off". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 2, 2013). "Curry, Thompson help Warriors win squeaker". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ Steward, Carl (December 26, 2013). "Golden State Warriors beat Los Angeles Clippers". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  26. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 27, 2013). "Warriors developing a reputation as pests". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  27. ^ Warriors beat Bulls for 12th straight win
  28. ^ "Twenty-sixth World University Games - Men". USA Basketball. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Draymond Green". USA Basketball. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Expressions of Faith". 

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