August 27, 2012 in Professional
Last week, Draymond Green‘s fellow NBA rookies voted him as the league’s most ‘overlooked’ rookie at the NBA’s annual Rookie Symposium. Now it’s the NBA media’s turn to look at what a potential steal Green was in the second round of the NBA Draft. Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com picked Green as one of three players he expects to rise the most between his initial rank in ESPN’s annual ranking of every player in the league this year and where it will be next year. From the story (Insider required):
There’s a good chance you’re looking at the steal of the draft here. Selected early in the second round by the Warriors, Green checks off more NBA prerequisites than most draftees. He can shoot the lights out, pass with precision, and play bigger than his 6-foot-7 height. (Green is Michigan State’s all-time leading rebounder.) He could be a liability defensively, but that will be compensated somewhat by Andrew Bogut’s presence underneath. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Green had a Chandler Parsons-type breakout rookie season.
Parsons, a second round pick by the Houston Rockets, was arguably the steal of last year’s draft, averaging 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shooting 45 percent in 28 minutes per game.