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Draymond Green
Draymond Green against Washington (cropped).jpg
Green with the Warriors in 2016
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
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Draymond Jamal Green (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team and won his first NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015. Green was named an NBA All-Star the following season.

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, and later played a key role on the Warriors' 2015 championship team.

High school career

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 Home town 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

Freshman year

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

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

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

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

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

Golden State Warriors (2012–present)

2012–13 season

Green with the Warriors as a rookie in 2012

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.[10] 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.[11] Green gradually received more playing time in subsequent games, especially in the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson.[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]

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

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] Late in the season, he filled in at power forward for injured starter David Lee, who was out indefinitely.[25] On April 14, 2014, in the Warriors' second to 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.[26]

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. He earned praise for his tough defense during the series after averaging 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.[27]

2014–15 season: Championship season

With the Warriors' resurgence in 2014–15, along with it came the breakthrough the Warriors were hoping for from Green. With David Lee out of the Warriors' lineup with a hamstring injury to begin the season, Green was promoted to the starting lineup as his 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,[28] including a career-high 31 points on December 6 in a 112-102 win over the Chicago Bulls.[29]

On January 2, 2015, Green recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a 126-105 win over the Toronto Raptors.[30] He went on to finish runner-up in both the Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Most Improved Player Award.[31][32] Green capped off a great season with an NBA championship and a triple-double in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, playing a center position role in place of Andrew Bogut.[33] He became just the sixth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game, joining Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, James Worthy, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.

2015–16 season

Green defending Washington center Marcin Gortat

On July 9, 2015, Green re-signed with the Warriors to a five-year, $82 million contract.[34][35] Green helped the Warriors record their first ever 10–0 start to a season behind averages of 11.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, a team-high 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.[36] On November 24, he recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers as the Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16–0.[37] Three days later, he recorded his third career triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 135–116 win over the Phoenix Suns.[38] His fourth career triple-double came the very next game on November 28 against the Sacramento Kings. Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists against the Kings, becoming the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.[39]

On December 11, Green became the first player since Nicolas Batum in 2012 to record five or more in all five major statistical categories. In just under 50 minutes of action, he recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks in a 124–119 double overtime win over the Boston Celtics, increasing their unbeaten winning streak to the start the season to 24–0.[40] The following day, the Warriors' unbeaten run was broken by the Milwaukee Bucks, losing their first game of the season 108–95 despite Green's 24-point, 11-rebound effort.[41] In their next game, on December 16, he recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 128–103 win over the Phoenix Suns.[42] On January 4, 2016, Green became the second Warriors player ever to post three straight triple-doubles (the other being Tom Gola in 1959–60) as he helped Golden State record its 35th straight regular-season home win with a 111–101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.[43] On January 28, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, earning his first All-Star selection.[44] His ninth and tenth triple-doubles of the season came in back-to-back games on January 31 and February 3.[45][46]

NBA career statistics

  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
Denotes season in which Green's team won an NBA Championship

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
2014–15 Golden State 79 79 31.5 .443 .337 .660 8.2 3.7 1.6 1.3 11.7
Career 240 92 22.3 .412 .321 .685 5.5 2.2 1.1 .8 6.9


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
2015 Golden State 21 21 37.3 .417 .264 .736 10.1 5.2 1.8 1.2 13.7
Career 40 26 30.9 .427 .287 .750 8.0 3.7 1.4 1.2 11.0

National team career

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

Player profile

Though he is considered undersized for a power forward at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m), Green is an excellent defender; he can guard his own position, good wings, quality point guards, and centers.[25][47] He can guard players both on the low post and on the perimeter.[48] Green studies opponents' habits, and leverages his preparation along with his muscular frame and lower-body strength.[47] Offensively, he can handle the ball on fast breaks and deliver passes to his teammates for scores. He is a capable three-point shooter who provides spacing for the offense by stretching the opposing defense.[47][48] Green is also adept at scoring around the basket.[49] His outstanding interior defense combined with his offensive repertoire form a unique two-way skill set.[48][49] He is a leader and considered the 'heart and soul' of his team.[12][50]

Under the coaching of Steve Kerr and Luke Walton, Green became crucial to the Warriors' small-ball lineups as the team's center. His performance in this position enabled the Warriors to create a number of match-up problems for opposing defenses during the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons, leading to some analysts calling him the league's best center.[51][52]

Personal life

Green is the son of Mary Babers and Wallace Davis.[1] His stepfather is Raymond Green, and he has two brothers, Torrian Harris and Braylon Green, and three sisters, LaToya Barbers, Jordan Davis and Gabby Davis. Harris played basketball for Nebraska-Omaha from 2009 to 2011.[53]

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 Warriors teammates 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."[54] He identifies himself as a Christian.[55]

On September 14, 2015, Green donated $3.1 million to Michigan State University, which is the largest pledge from an athlete in the school's history,[56] to help build a new athletics facility and fund an endowment program for scholarships.[57]

See also


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  40. ^ Curry, Warriors beat Boston 124-119 in 2OT, improve to 24-0
  41. ^ It's over: Bucks hand Warriors 1st loss, win 108-95
  42. ^ Thompson's 27-point third quarter leads Warriors past Suns
  43. ^ Green's triple-double leads Warriors past Hornets 111-101
  44. ^ Draymond Green and Klay Thompson Named to 2016 Western Conference All-Star Team
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  46. ^ Warriors Defeat Wizards
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