Draymond Green’s story is simply amazing. Underrated throughout his entire basketball career, the Draymond-type player is now one of the most sought-after roles in the modern NBA.
The power forward is vital to everything the Golden State Warriors do. He is the glue that holds the team together, and his influence can be seen when he is off the court. But 10-15 years ago, he may not have been on an NBA roster.
Now a two-time All-Star and two-time champion, Green is on top of the world and signed a 5-year, $82 million contract with the Warriors in the summer of 2015 after averaging 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.
This all came after he was selected 35th in the 2012 NBA draft and struggled to assert himself in a rookie campaign that produced 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks in just 13.4 minutes per game.
For that, it’s clear to see why new L.A. Clippers star Patrick Beverley believes players like Draymond are good for the young kids who aspire to make it to the NBA.
He said: “Nine, ten years ago — would someone pay him what he’s being paid to play? I don’t know. We don’t know. But now, in today’s game, every team in the world wants him.
“That shows you that you don’t have to be the biggest, you don’t have to be the tallest, you don’t have to be the fastest, you don’t have to have the best shot, the best handles to be successful.
“Nowadays in the NBA, playing hard is a skill because a lot of players don’t play hard. I think that’s great for the NBA. I think that’s showing every kid around the world that you don’t have to have all those attributes to play in the NBA.”