Green at a Golden State Warriors open practice in October 2012.
|No. 23 – Golden State Warriors|
March 4, 1990 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|College||Michigan State (2008–2012)|
|NBA Draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|2012–present||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
Draymond Jamal Green (pron.: // DRAY-mahnd) (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Green grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and played college basketball at Michigan State. With Michigan State, Green helped the team to two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. Throughout his career at Michigan State, 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.
In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Green in the second round as the 35th overall pick. Green became one of the most reliable reserve players on the team in his rookie year enough to earn regular playing time in games.
High school 
In high school, he led the Saginaw Trojans to two state championships. During his high school career, he averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots a game. His high school team recorded a 27-1 record and was ranked number 4 in the USA Today national high school rankings. Coming out of high school, he was recruited by Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Indiana.
2008–09 season 
Originally having committed to Kentucky, Green eventually decided to play for the Michigan State Spartans under coach Tom Izzo. During the regular season of his freshman year, Green came off the bench to average 3.3 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. During Michigan State's 2009 NCAA tournament run to the championship game, Green averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with a season-best 67.9% shooting percentage.
2009–10 season 
During his sophomore year (2009–10), Green started 3 of 37 games played and averaged 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. The Big Ten Conference named Green sixth man of the year. Michigan State also named Green the Most Improved Player of the year. Twice, Green scored a season-high 19 points, on December 10 against Oakland and December 30 against UT Arlington. He also had seven games with double-doubles, including 17 points and 16 rebounds on February 6 against Illinois.
2010–11 season 
Green, as a junior, averaged 12.6 points per game 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. In the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament he recorded his second triple-double of the season and the eleventh in NCAA tournament history in the loss against UCLA.
2011–12 season 
As a senior (2011-12 season), 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 2012 season; no other Spartan in history has won the award more than three times in a single season. 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. 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. 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 2 career triple doubles in the NCAA tournament. On March 22, 2012, in a disappointing 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.
NBA career 
Golden State Warriors (2012–present) 
2012–13 season 
In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Green in the second round, 35th overall. Prior to the 2012–13 season, Green signed a three-year, $2.6 million contract with Golden State. In the season opener on October 31 against the Phoenix Suns, Green played one minute, made one defensive rebound, and committed one foul. Green would gradually get more playing time in subsequent games, especially in the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson. Green had both his first career steal and assist on November 7. 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. 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.
For the first time on November 18, a 119-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green played over 20 minutes. In 25 minutes of playing time, Green made 4 of 6 field goals (including 1 of 2 three-pointers) for 9 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists. After getting only marginal floor time at the beginning of the season, by November 22, Green averaged nearly 17 minutes in the past five games. Green had a season- and career-high 3 blocks on December 5 against the Detroit Pistons and two statistical season highs, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, on December 7 against the Brooklyn Nets. By December 9, as Green gained a bigger role on the team, the Warriors had won 8 of 10 games. Coach Mark Jackson, in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, described Green as a "leader" who "doesn't care about tenure" and explained: "He's cooling off opponents' hottest (scorers), keeping a body on them and making it tough on them...He's giving us a presence by playing with force." 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. Green made the shot off an assist by Jarrett Jack. He scored 7 points and also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
Green had his first game with double-figure scoring on December 21, with 11 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats as well as 2 rebounds, a season-high 4 assists, and a block. However, 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 had 4 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal and block.
For the first four games of March, Green failed to make any of 7 shots, and on March 8, he made only 1 of 4 shots, but he made 4 of 7 the next day. In a March 15 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Green shot 0-for-4 from the field but recorded 5 rebounds and 3 assists. ESPN analyst Ian Thorpe commented in mid-March that Green risked a short NBA career due to his weak offensive game and jumper style.
In Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets on April 20, Nuggets player 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." Improving on his three-point percentage and offensive performance generally, Green helped the Warriors win the first round in six games.
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. Green played 32 minutes and had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists; although he made only 2 of 8 field goals, Green's two field goals disrupted the Spurs' comeback efforts. With 9:49 remaining, Green made a layup to give the Warriors an 86-76 lead after four straight Spurs points. Then with 6:40 left, Green made a three-pointer and put the Warriors up 91-82.
International career 
Green represented Team USA Basketball at the 2011 Summer Universiade men's basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China. Team USA finished fifth place in the tournament, and Green averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds with a 46.3% shooting percentage.
Personal life 
Green was born in Saginaw, Michigan. His parents are Mary Babers and Wallace Davis. Since the summer of 2012, Green has lived in 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."
See also 
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- Slagter, Josh (March 17, 2013). "ESPN analyst: Draymond Green needs consistent jumper, otherwise NBA career could be 'short'". MLive.com. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
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