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Draymond Green

  • Full Name: Draymond Green
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 230
  • Birthdate: March 4, 1990
  • College: Michigan State
Golden State Warriors Round 2: Pick 35
 

Strengths:
*Stat sheet stuffer
*Skilled passer
*Excellent rebounder
*Can score in the post
*Good ball handler
*Can shoot the 3
*Great understanding of the game

Weaknesses:
*Who does he defend?
*Doesn’t have great lateral quickness

NBA projection:
Green has been projected as a late first-round pick. The consensus is that Green won’t be able to guard either forward position because true small forwards will be quicker and true power forwards taller and able to post him and shoot over him. But he’s got an arsenal of skills, including passing, rebounding and the ability to knock down the 3-pointer that can make him valuable.

2011-12 Season:
Green was a first-team All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year after becoming the first player from a power conference since Tim Duncan in 1996-97 to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Green finished as Michigan State’s all-time leading rebounder, and he was all over Big Ten statistics: fifth in scoring, first in rebounding, eighth in assists, fifth in steals, 15th in 3-point percentage, 10th in blocked shots, eighth in offensive rebounds (2.1 orpg) and first in defensive rebounds (8.5 drpg).

Key statistics:
16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 3.0 tpg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg, 33.2 mpg, .449 FG, .388 3PT, .811 FT

Cool statistic:
Only three players in history have recorded more than one triple-double in the NCAA Tournament. Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson were the first two. Green joined them this season when he scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out 10 assists against LIU Brooklyn. A year before, he came up with 23 points, 11 boards and 10 assists against UCLA.

Reminds me of:
Anthony Mason

What Insiders Say:
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo
“He may be the best player in college basketball because of what he does. I mean, I know Kentucky, I know Kansas; I know the players they’ve got. But if you talk about a guy that does more things, and we don't even get to the leadership stuff because coaches can't, media people voting around the country can't understand that, can't see that, they're not in the places where that happens.
“When you talk about defense, I'd be the first to tell you, he's not our best defender, but he might be by far our best cerebral defender, understanding the things, reminding guys who is going where, knowing all five positions. I think I've had some pretty good guys at that. I don't think I've ever had a guy like him.
“So when you talk about a valuable guy, this kid has done it all.”

What Outsiders Say:
Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus
“Green is a great collegiate player. He's unselfish. Sometimes to a fault. He can pull a 3. He has total freedom. And I would give him total freedom, too. He might be the most … he's a play‑through‑me, high‑scorer, volume‑points, excellent rebounder, defends.
“Like last night you could see him he verbally orchestrates the attack, he passes. He's a very adept high/low passer. I mean, collegiately he doesn't have a weakness.  Now, and I think best of all is his attitude.
“Of all the high scorers in America, collegiately at every level, he probably lets the game come to him more than anyone else, which is a great testimony to the kid.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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