Drafted in the second round of 2012 NBA Draft, Draymond Green is now a three-time All-Star and three-time NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors have been dominant over the last half a decade. Draymond Green, a second-round draft pick from Michigan State back in the 2012 NBA Draft, has been a huge part of their success.
Green was eventually taken with the 35th overall pick after sliding out of the first round. Knowing that 34 players were taken ahead of him added fuel to Green’s motor. He played with and still plays with an energy that is seldom times matched.
Having been in the league eight seasons now, Green has been in the NBA Finals for more than half of them, an incredible feat. On top of that, Green has a Defensive Player of the Year trophy to his name, helping his case if he’s ever going to be on the Hall of Fame ballot.
That said, when considering what a re-draft of the Anthony Davis-led class may look there, Green’s name is certainly near the top. However, there were several other talents to come from the 2012 draft class. Damian Lillard was a huge name to appear as a top-three pick in the re-draft.
In NBC Sports’ re-draft, James Ham called Green “one of the all-time great draft steals.”
“Green is one of the all-time great draft steals. Taken with the 35th overall pick, he is the defensive backbone of the Warriors’ dynasty. He’s a three-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection and he won the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He also has three championship rings and plenty of time to win a few more,” Ham wrote.
If Green ends his career with five rings like Ham suggests he could, does that make Green an automatic Hall of Famer? Five rings, part of the most dominant modern-day dynasty, a DPOY title, multiple all-star appearances — Green has the full resume.
Green is a winner at his core, and it’s the one thing that’s propelled him throughout his career. Doing what it takes to win, and being the perfect complement to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has done the former second-round pick well.