November 26, 2012 in Professional
This will come as no surprise to anyone who spent any amount of time watching Draymond Green play basketball at Michigan State, but the second round pick of the Golden State Warriors has worked his way into the rotation and has been playing well as his role has been increased. He has a fan in head coach Mark Jackson, via Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News:
“I’m looking for everything from him,” Jackson said of Green, whom the Warriors selected in the second round with the No. 35 pick. “I don’t minimize him to just a defensive guy. He’s a guy that can do everything on the court good. And can lead great. So I don’t minimize him. He has the ability to make 3s, the ability to rebound, to defend, make plays.”
Green is averaging 17 minutes per game over his last five games as he worked himself back into game shape after a preseason injury limited him. After struggling shooting the ball to start the season, he’s making 56 percent of his shots and 43 percent of his 3-pointers during that stretch. He’s also averaging 9.9 rebounds per 36 minutes in those five games.
The reasons he’s earned those minutes are also familiar ones to Green fans:
It’s not that Green, who played four years at Michigan State, is putting up great numbers. But when he is on the floor, you know it. He has made big shots. He has grabbed tough rebounds. He has played suffocating defense. And he does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet and are barely noticeable — making the extra pass, blocking out, rotating on time.
It is largely because of Green that second-year forward Jeremy Tyler scarcely can get off the bench. The Warriors are trying to fashion themselves as a tough, gritty team. Green has been a part of building that identity.