Jay Bilas said, “I thought he was a late first round player, but early in the second round, he’s a really good value.”
Green fell into the early second largely because of a weird draft that saw, among other things, Tyler Zeller get traded for three picks and one-time lottery talents Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III both fall into the 20s.
Green undoubtedly would’ve been better suited on a contending team, but his rebounding and passing will be great additions in Golden State. The Warriors don’t rebound particularly well and their point guard, Steph Curry, is more of a shoot-first player. Two years ago, few people thought Green had a shot at being drafted. The fact that he was taken in the top 40 picks is a testament to the incredible career he had and the even more incredible amount of work he put into getting better. The Warriors also picked Harrison Barnes in the lottery and Festus Ezeli at pick 30 before taking Green.