Draymond Green

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Draymond Green
Draymond Green at Warriors open practice.jpg
Green with the Golden State Warriors in October 2012
No. 23 – Golden State Warriors
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-03-04) March 4, 1990 (age 25)
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 (/drmɑːnd/ DRAY-mahnd; born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and played college basketball for Michigan State where he helped the Spartans earn two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. Throughout his four-year college career, 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. He went on to be drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

High school career[edit]

Green attended Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan where he played for coach Lou Dawkins. As a sophomore in 2005–06, he averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. As a junior in 2006–07, he averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals per game as he led Saginaw to the Class A State Championship and a 26-1 record.[1]

On November 14, 2007, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan State.[2] Green had also considered signing with Michigan and Kentucky.[3]

As a senior in 2007–08, Green averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots per game in leading the Trojans to a 27-1 record, a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today and a Class A State Championship for a second straight year. He was subsequently named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team, and was rated the No. 36 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 13 power forward.[1]

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.


College career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

As a freshman for Michigan State in 2008–09, Green appeared in 37 games off the Spartan bench as he averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game on the season. During Michigan State's 2009 NCAA tournament run to the championship game, Green improved to average 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, ranking fourth on the squad in scoring and second in rebounding while shooting a team-best .679 from the field in the tournament.[1]

Sophomore year[edit]

As a sophomore in 2009–10, Green appeared in 37 games with three starting assignments as he averaged 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He became the first player in Michigan State history to be named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, winning the award by unanimous vote. He also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and was the recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts awards. Twice, Green scored a season-high 19 points, on December 10 against Oakland and December 30 against Texas–Arlington. He also had seven games with double-doubles, including 17 points and 16 rebounds on February 6 against Illinois.[1]

Junior year[edit]

Green playing with Michigan State in the 2011 Carrier Classic.

As a junior in 2010–11, Green averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. 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 seventh in NCAA tournament history in the loss against UCLA.[5] He went on to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.[1]

Senior year[edit]

As a senior in 2011–12, 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 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 two 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. He ended his career as one of three players in Michigan State history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.[1]

College statistics[edit]

2008–09 Michigan State 37 0 11.3 .556 .000 .615 3.3 .8 .6 .2 3.3
2009–10 Michigan State 37 3 25.5 .525 .125 .672 7.7 3.0 1.2 .9 9.9
2010–11 Michigan State 34 28 30.1 .426 .366 .683 8.6 4.1 1.8 1.1 12.6
2011–12 Michigan State 37 36 33.2 .449 .388 .723 10.6 3.8 1.5 .9 16.2

NBA career[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2012–present)[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

"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[10]

Green was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. On July 30, 2012, he signed a three-year, $2.6 million contract with the Warriors.[11] In his NBA debut in the Warriors' season opener on October 31 against the Phoenix Suns, Green played one minute, made one defensive rebound, and committed one foul.[12] Green gradually received more playing time in subsequent games, especially in the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson.[10] Green had both his first career steal and assist on November 7.[12] 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.[12] 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.[12]

After getting only marginal floor time at the beginning of the season, by November 22, Green was playing 15-20 minutes per game,[13] and by December 9, as Green gained a bigger role on the team, the Warriors had won 8 of 10 games. 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.[14][15] After recording his first double-digit scoring game with 11 points two days later against the Charlotte Bobcats, 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 recorded 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block.[12]

In Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets on April 20, Nuggets' guard 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."[16] Improving on his three-point percentage and offensive performance generally, Green helped the Warriors win the first round in six games.[17][18] 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.[19] Green played 32 minutes and recorded 5 points on 2-of-8 shooting, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.[20] The Spurs went on to win the series 4 games to 2, subsequently ending the Warriors' season and playoff run.

2013–14 season[edit]

Green lost 20 pounds in the 2013 off-season and showed improvement in three-point shooting and defense as a sophomore.[21] On December 1, 2013, 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.[22] On December 25, Green was ejected from the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers for committing a flagrant 2 foul on the Clippers' forward Blake Griffin.[23] The following day, the NBA fined Green $15,000 for "failing to leave the court in a timely manner" after being ejected.[24] On April 14, 2014, in the Warriors' second last game of the regular season, Green recorded a career-high 20 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds off the bench to help his team defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 130-120.[25]

Green finished the 2013–14 season having played in all 82 games with 12 starts while averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He went on to play in all seven of the Warriors' first-round playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers, as the Warriors lost the series 4 games to 3.[26]

2014–15 season[edit]

With the Warriors' resurgence in 2014–15, along with it came the break through the Warriors were hoping for from Green. With starting power forward David Lee out of the Warriors' line-up with a hamstring injury to begin the season, Green was promoted to the starting line-up as Lee's replacement at power forward. Over the first seven games of the season, Green averaged 13.6 points per game as the Warriors fell to a 5-2 record after losing two games in a row on November 9 and 11. In response to the two-game losing streak, the Warriors went on a 16-game winning streak with the help of Green as he averaged 13.3 points per game over the streak,[27] including a career-high 31 points on December 6 in the 112-102 win over the Chicago Bulls.[28]

On January 2, 2015, Green recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in the 126-105 win over the Toronto Raptors.[29]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

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[edit]

Green represented Team USA at the 2011 Summer Universiade men's basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China. Team USA finished fifth place in the tournament as Green averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds with a 46.3% shooting percentage.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Green is the son of Mary Babers and Wallace Davis.[1] His step-father is Raymond Green, and he has two brothers, Torrian Harris and Braylon Green, and three sisters, LaToya Barbers, Jordan Davis and Gabby Davis. Brother Torrian played basketball for Nebraska-Omaha from 2009 to 2011.[30]

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."[31] He identifies himself as a Christian.[32]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Adds Impressive Recruiting Class". msuspartans.com. November 14, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Draymond Green 2008 Basketball Recruiting News". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vannini, Chris (February 13, 2011). "Green’s triple-double sparks Spartan win, 75-57". StateNews.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Draymond Green earns 7th triple-double". ESPN.com. March 18, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Green Earns 2nd Straight Big Ten Weekly Award". msuspartans.com. February 21, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2012 Men's Basketball Postseason Honors". BigTen.org. March 5, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Draymond Green carries No. 8 Spartans into first Big Ten finale since 2000". ESPN.com. March 10, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Green Posts Rare NCAA Tournament Triple-Double". msuspartans.com. March 17, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Simmons, Rusty (December 9, 2012). "Warriors' Green makes big contribution". SFGate.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Couch, Graham (July 30, 2012). "Draymond Green nets 3-year, $2.6 million deal with Golden State Warriors, report says". MLive.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Draymond Green 2012-13 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Thompson, Marcus II (November 22, 2012). "Warriors rookie Draymond Green earning more minutes". InisdeBayArea.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Draymond Green's layup with 0.9 seconds left lifts Warriors past Heat". ESPN.com. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Draymond Green Helps the Warriors Sink the Heat". YouTube.com. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Henderson, John (April 20, 2013). "Nuggets' Miller victimizes Warriors rookie Green to hit winning shot". DenverPost.com. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ Windsor, Shawn (May 6, 2013). "Shawn Windsor: Draymond Green proving he belongs in NBA". freep.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ Thompson, Marcus II (May 6, 2013). "Warriors notebook: Draymond Green saved his best for postseason". MercuryNews.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ Simmons, Rusty (May 9, 2013). "Warriors finally win in San Antonio". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (May 9, 2013). "Draymond Green helps lead Golden State Warriors to NBA Playoff Game 2 win over San Antonio Spurs". MLive.com. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 2, 2013). "For Warriors, Green's work paying off". SFGate.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 2, 2013). "Curry, Thompson help Warriors win squeaker". SFGate.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  23. ^ Steward, Carl (December 25, 2013). "Golden State Warriors beat Los Angeles Clippers". InsideBayArea.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ Simmons, Rusty (December 26, 2013). "Warriors developing a reputation as pests". SFGate.com. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Notebook: Warriors 130, Timberwolves 120". NBA.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Draymond Green 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Draymond Green 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Warriors beat Bulls for 12th straight win". NBA.com. December 6, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Curry, Green lead Warriors past Raptors, 126-105". NBA.com. January 2, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Draymond Green Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  31. ^ Simmons, Rusty (October 4, 2012). "Warriors rookie seems down to Earth". SFGate.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Expressions of Faith". YouTube.com. July 18, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 

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