With pick no.35 in the 2012 NBA Draft the Golden State Warriors took forward Draymond Green a forward who played four years of college basketball at Michigan State University. His game translates best is at the power forward position because of his strength, footwork and rebounding abilities.
During his four seasons in college he averaged 10.5 point per game, 7.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals on 46.7 percent shooting, 36.1 percent from three and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. His senior year is when he stepped up and averaged 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals on 44.9 percent shooting, 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent on free throws.
His strengths are that he is able to knock down the mid-range jumper, a very good passer and a strong rebounder. Weaknesses include being undersized for a power forward, lacks the athleticism to play the small forward position and will need to work on his jumper to have defenses respect his shooting.
In the five Summer League games for the Warriors he averaged 6.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals on just 27.8 percent shooting, 20 percent from three and an impressive 90 percent from the free throw line.
Along with Harrison Barnes, Green is the most NBA ready of the four picks the Warriors took in 2012. That doesn’t mean he will get playing time as he is behind starter David Lee and backup Carl Landry and those two will be receiving a bulk of the minutes.
During the season when he will get minutes when games are out of hand or if there are any injuries. His rookie season will be to gain experience in practice and learn as much as possible from Lee and Landry.
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