Profiling the NBA Draft, late First Round: Draymond Green

In addition to the 4th overall pick on June 28th, the Cavaliers also own the 24th, 33rd, and 34th selections. In a continued look at who could be available in the bottom third of the 1st round for the Cavs, below is our latest on Draymond Green from Michigan State. For previous posts in this series on Andrew Nicholson and Will Barton, click here and here.

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No. 28 – Draymond Green, Senior, Michigan State; 2011-12 stats: 12.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 43% shooting

Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green dunks against the Louisville Cardinals in the second half during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix, Arizona March 22, 2012.
You can always count on Michigan State to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. Tom Izzo is just that good of a coach. But, he had some help this season in the form of Big Ten Player of the Year Draymond Green. The clear-cut leader on the floor at all times this year, Green did a little bit of everything on the court. His leadership might have even made him the best team leader in all of college basketball.

Physically, his best attribute might be his passing. He has tremendous vision for a 6-6 small forward. The Spartans found Green initiating the offense many times this season; Green is that good of a facilitator. He can also get buckets as well. Green is a great shooter who has no problem stretching his range to the three-point arc. He is very crafty around the rim. He just knows how to score.

Green is also an exceptional rebounder at 6-6. He isn’t the biggest player on the court, but he has a high basketball IQ and knows where to position himself for boards. He is just a natural basketball player. But, Green is still kind of an odd prospect at the NBA level. He is a bit of a tweener when it comes to playing a specific position.

Offensively it shouldn’t be a problem, but defensively is where it could hurt him. Teams will need to find out about him defensively in the upcoming pre-draft camps. Is he quick enough to guard the 3? Or if he isn’t, is he strong enough to guard some 4s? That might be his biggest question mark as the draft approaches.

When the Cavs 24th pick is on the clock, Green could be there for the taking. And I wouldn’t be opposed to the Cavaliers grabbing the former Spartan. He is one of those do-it-all players that provide value in the NBA, especially coming off the bench. As Brendan noted on the site, Alonzo Gee may be elsewhere when next season starts. While Green doesn’t bring Gee’s athleticism to the table, he would be able to make up for that with his natural basketball talent.

Draymond Green in Wine and Gold, what’s not to like?

 

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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