Draymond Green is one of the biggest steals in the NBA in recent history. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 35th pick back in 2012, and is now a NBA All-Star and Champion. While there may be a couple “better” players drafted ahead of him, none of them have as much heart as Day Day.
“First was Anthony Davis to New Orleans,” he says. “Then Charlotte took (Michael) Kidd-Gilchrist. Then Washington took Bradley Beal. Fourth was Cleveland: Dion Waiters.
“Eight was Toronto: Terrence Ross …
“Sixteen was Houston: Royce White … ”
By the time he’s done, Green has reeled off the names of all 34 players selected ahead of him and the corresponding team.
“I know why I had to wait,” Green told Wilner. “I know what the scouts thought: ‘He’s a tweener. Who’s he going to guard? He’s maxed out his potential.'”
Success isn’t defined by where a player gets drafted. As long as he gets a shot, it’s up to the player to prove what he can do—and Green has made the most of his opportunity.
Golden State is undoubtedly thrilled it was able to pick Green when it did. After all, he has helped the Warriors become the best team in the NBA.