August 24, 2012 in Professional
The NBA does an annual survey of incoming rookies at the yearly rookie symposium, and Draymond Green garnered votes in the, ‘Which rookie is being most overlooked?’ category (note: rookies cannot vote for themselves on the survey). In fact, Green tied for first in the category:
T-1. Draymond Green, Golden State, Perry Jones, Oklahoma City, Andrew Nicholson, Orlando & Tony Wroten, Memphis — 8.8 percent
T-3. Jae Crowder, Dallas, Jared Cunningham, Dallas, Kim English, Detroit, John Jenkins, Atlanta & Tyler Zeller, Cleveland — 5.9 percent
Others receiving votes: Quincy Acy, Toronto; Harrison Barnes, Golden State; Bradley Beal, Washington; Bernard James, Dallas; Orlando Johnson, Indiana; Doron Lamb, Milwaukee; Arnett Moultrie, Philadelphia; Miles Plumlee, Indiana; Austin Rivers, New Orleans; Terrence Ross, Toronto; Jared Sullinger, Boston; Royce White, Houston
Worth noting: As usual, this question got a ton of different responses, including four guys taken in the top 10 picks of the Draft.
It’s pretty easy to understand why Green would be so highly regarded among his peers, considering they were very familiar with his work in college. It’s, of course, not a given that that production will translate to the NBA, but it’s nice to see he’s so respected among his fellow incoming rookies.