August 15, 2012 in Professional
The Golden State Warriors obviously think Draymond Green has a skillset to help them as an on-court contributor eventually. But with an upgraded roster that includes David Lee, a healthy Andrew Bogut, recently signed Carl Landry, fellow rookie Festus Ezeli and holdovers from last season Andris Biedrins and Jeremy Tyler in the frontcourt, as well as veteran Richard Jefferson and lottery pick Harrison Barnes at the small forward position, Green’s path to immediate minutes has a lot of obstacles.
Via Rod Beard of The Detroit News, Green can still help the Warriors even if he doesn’t crack the rotation:
“(Winning) is one thing that they’re looking for me to bring and I look to bring. I know that I have some growing to do and I can’t just walk in there and try to take things over,” said Green, who averaged 6.4 points and 7.6 rebounds during the Warriors’ 5-0 summer-league schedule. “There are guys who are established in the league and guys that I’m looking to learn from. But at the same time, I do want to bring that winning attitude and mentality and see where we can go with it.”
As long as Green continues to show the work ethic that made him a start at Michigan State and pushes guys in practice, his rookie season will be a successful one, even if minutes are tough to come by.