Golden State selects Draymond Green in 2012 NBA Draft

June 28, 2012 in Cover Story, Professional

Draymond Green at his draft party (photo via WNEM's Evan Beach).

By Patrick Hayes

The state of Michigan has another NBA player. Michigan State and Saginaw High star Draymond Green was selected 35th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.

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.

Also, Quincy Acy, a Baylor player who was trained by Detroit Pershing coach A.W. Canada, was taken one pick after Green by the Toronto Raptors.