2012 Draft Profile: Draymond Green
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 18 pick during the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. Part nine details Draymond Green, a four-year do-it-all player for coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State.
PROSPECT: Draymond Green
POSITION: Small forward
SCHOOL: Michigan State
WEIGHT: 235 lbs
PROJECTION: Late 1st to early 2nd round
THE LAST TWO YEARS
Coming off winning the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore, Green continued his steady improvement as a junior, averaging 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He recorded two triple-doubles that season, including one during a loss to UCLA during the 2011 March Madness Tournament.
Green led the Spartans to Big Ten Championships in both the regular season and tournament. In early March, Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year and an unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. After being knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Louisville, Green assumed the No. 1 all-time rebounding record at Michigan State. He averaged a double-double during his senior year with 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Described as the “ultimate glue guy” and a “do-it-all forward,” Green can make everyone around him better. He does a little bit of everything: shooting, ball handling, passing and hard work in the paint. As shown at Michigan State, he can rebound at a high level and has an effective 3-point shot (he shot 38% from beyond the arc during his senior year). He has a great motor and can be hard to stop once he gets moving, much like Royce White. He spoke very intelligently during pre-draft interviews, talking about his study of the NBA and how he can play any position a team wants him to play.
Green just isn’t very quick or athletic, and he tends to play below the rim. He’s undersized to defend NBA power forwards and too slow to defend the quicker small forwards. What is his true position, and who would he match up against? It’s too bad he doesn’t have a few more inches, because he could be a great prospect at 6’10”. He has been repeatedly described as having low upside.
WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES
You know what you are getting with Green: A selfless, high-character guy who can come off the bench and positively contribute in multiple ways. For a team like Minnesota that desires a sure thing, Green may be a nice compromise between a costly veteran and a raw, teenage draft prospect. He was a four-year contributor for a respected program and coach, and he could come off the Timberwolves bench as a “glue guy” for many years.