Draymond Green

Green in 2022
No. 23 – Golden State Warriors
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born March 4, 1990 (age 33)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Saginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012: 2nd round, 35th overall pick
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Draymond Jamal Green (born March 4, 1990)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily at the power forward position, is a four-time NBA champion, a four-time NBA All-Star, a two-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Considered one of the greatest defensive players in the league, he is an eight-time All-Defensive Team, 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in steals. Green has been a runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his career.

Green grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and he played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans, helping them 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 was drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors and later played a key role on the Warriors’ 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022 championship teams.

Green, who often plays significant minutes for the Warriors as an undersized center in their “Death Lineup“, has been cited as one of the leaders in an emerging trend in the NBA of versatile frontcourt players capable of playing and defending multiple positions as well as making plays for teammates.[2] He is considered one of the best passers and defensive players of the 2010s, known for his steals, shot-blocking, rebounding, and overall defensive play.

Green has also been criticized for his on-court conduct and for physically aggressive acts which have been perceived by many as “dirty”, unsportsmanlike, and sometimes dangerous.[3] Several ejections and suspensions during the 2023 calendar year led to Green being suspended by the NBA indefinitely.

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.[4]

On November 14, 2007, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan State.[5] Green had also considered signing with Michigan and Kentucky.[6]

As a senior in 2007–08, Green averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocked shots per game in leading the Saginaw High 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

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