The Golden State Warriors are full of standout players, most notably Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. But having a big man like Draymond Green, who can play multiple positions, is like having a big spoke in a well-oiled wheel. Green and the Warriors visit Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Nov. 16 on TNT.
Green played four years at Michigan State and was drafted 35th overall by the Warriors in 2012. Eventually his playing time as a power forward increased, and his breakout year coincided with the Warriors first championship at the end of the 2014-15 season. Green started in 79 games that year and averaged over 31 minutes of playing time. His stats continued to soar, including a negative one for flagrant fouls. But it was clear that his defensive skills, especially rebounding and being able to guard all five positions, were contributing factors to the powerhouse Warriors team. In fact, Warriors coaches point to Green’s ability as an undersized center to run what is known as their “Death Lineup” against opposing teams.
After losing in the NBA finals in 2016, the Warriors added Durant, and took the title back handily this past season, using the Death Lineup to put the nail in the coffin. The result for Green was not only a second championship ring, but NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors. With all the key components in place for the Warriors, the NBA can expect more of the same from Green and the rest of the crew.
Draymond Jamal Green Sr.
Born: March 4, 1990
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan
Height/Weight: 6 foot 7 inches / 230 pounds
Team: Golden State Warriors
Position: Power Forward
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012, Round 2 (35th overall)
Honors and Achievements: NBA Champion, 2015, 2017; NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 2017, Olympic Gold Medalist, Team USA, 2016