SF Rank – #4
Position – SF | 6′ 7″, 230 lbs | Golden State Warriors
Born – Mar 4, 1990 in Saginaw, MI
Drafted – 2012: 2nd Rnd, 35th by GS
College – Michigan State
Experience – 3 years
Sports Unbiased Staff G.F.R. Analysis
Keith Rivas – I got the chance to interview NBA Champion Draymond Green over the summer and what he told me about his work ethic confirms his slot at number four. When asked about how he handled going up against a LeBron James led Cavs team in the Finals, he told me that the focus had to be on the team and not from the individual perspective.
Even when it came to dominant performances or quarters from Green, he assured me that the best mentality him and the Warriors could bring to the table was an unselfish one. In my opinion, he is the Western Conference’s version of DeMarre Carroll. Not to mention he’ll be with the Splash Bros. for a little while longer.
Green is the kind of guy that builds and develops your team chemistry over night, and is a huge asset of the Golden State Warriors moving forward. In a title defense kind of year, I see him being Golden State’s most valuable x-factor.
Ben Buchanan – Green is of a rare breed on defense. He stands at just 6’7 but is the starting small forward for the Warriors. Green is extremely versatile, he covers 2s,3s,4s, even some 5s. Infact, he even started at the Center for the Warriors during the 2015 NBA Finals. As stated before, Green can cover anyone on the floor on defense and isn’t dead weight on offense either. He averaged nearly 12 ppg in 14-15′, and at 6’7′ he really doesn’t have many flaws that most undersized players do. He has lots of bulk which helps with rebounding (8.2 RPG in 2014-2015). Overall, Green is of a rare breed of players and is a tremendous fit for the Warriors.
Jr. Williams – Last season during the NBA finals I was yelling at the television screen about how Draymond Green was a fake tough guy and a flopper who complained far too much. Needless to say he shut me up quick after I witnessed his versatility on full display. During the Cavs series Green was virtually everywhere on the court, and if he wasn’t knocking down crucial three-point shots, he was getting the ball to the open man for additional opportunities. How else could you explain his 5.2 assists per game during the postseason? And amidst all the towering players for the Cavs, the 6’7′ SF was pulling down a surprising 10.2 rebounds complemented by 1.8 steals per game. Green’s impact is huge as he provides energy and heart throughout most of the game. I certainly found a new respect for Green, but I still think he’s a cry baby. 🙂