Draymond Green

Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily at the power forward position, is a three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star. In 2017, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Green grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and played college basketball for Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans earn two Final Four appearances and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2012. Throughout his four-year college career, Green earned conference and national honors, including Big Ten Conference Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore, and consensus All-American and NABC National Player of the Year honors as a senior. He went on to be drafted 35th overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, and later played a key role on the Warriors' 2015, 2017 and 2018 championship teams.

Green, who often plays significant minutes for the Warriors as an undersized center in their Death Lineup, has been cited as one of the leaders in an emerging trend in the NBA of versatile frontcourt players capable of playing and defending multiple positions, making plays for teammates and spacing the floor.

Draymond Green
Draymond Green (33053301711)
Green with the Warriors in 2017
No. 23 – Golden State Warriors
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornMarch 4, 1990 (age 29)
Saginaw, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (2008–2012)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career2012–present
Career history
2012–presentGolden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school career

Green attended Saginaw High School in Saginaw, Michigan, where he played for coach Lou Dawkins. As a sophomore in 2005–06, he averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. As a junior in 2006–07, he averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals per game as he led Saginaw to the Class A State Championship and a 26–1 record.[1]

On November 14, 2007, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan State.[2] Green had also considered signing with Michigan and Kentucky.[3]

As a senior in 2007–08, Green averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocked shots per game in leading the Saginaw High Trojans to a 27–1 record, a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today and a Class A State Championship for a second straight year. He was subsequently named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team, and was rated the No. 36 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 13 power forward.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Draymond Green
PF
Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw High 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jun 28, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 26 (PF); 17 (school)   Rivals: 31 (PF); 122 (national)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2008 Michigan St. Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  • "2008 Michigan State College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Scout.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  • "Michigan State Spartans 2008 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.

College career

Freshman year

As a freshman for Michigan State in 2008–09, Green appeared in 37 games off the Spartan bench as he averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game on the season. During Michigan State's 2009 NCAA tournament run to the championship game, Green improved to average 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, ranking fourth on the squad in scoring and second in rebounding while shooting a team-best .679 from the field in the tournament.[1]

Sophomore year

As a sophomore in 2009–10, Green appeared in 37 games with three starting assignments as he averaged 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He became the first player in Michigan State history to be named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, winning the award by unanimous vote. He also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and was the recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts awards. Twice, Green scored a season-high 19 points, on December 10 against Oakland and December 30 against Texas–Arlington. He also had seven games with double-doubles, including 17 points and 16 rebounds on February 6 against Illinois.[1]

Junior year

Draymond Green cropped
Green in 2011

As a junior in 2010–11, Green averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. On February 10, 2011, Green followed Charlie Bell and Magic Johnson to be the third Michigan State men's basketball player to record a triple-double.[4] In the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he recorded his second triple-double of the season and the seventh in NCAA tournament history in the loss against UCLA.[5] He went on to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight year.[1]

Senior year

As a senior in 2011–12, Green captained the Spartans to a regular season Big Ten championship and Big Ten Tournament championship. The 2011–12 squad compiled a regular season 24–7 record and a 13–5 mark in Big Ten play, good for the team's 13th conference title and the third in the previous four years. Green was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the week four times during the season; no other Spartan in history has won the award more than three times in a single season.[6] On March 5, 2012, Green was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection.[7] On March 10, 2012, Draymond passed Johnny Green as the second all-time rebounding leader at MSU, finishing the game with 1,046 career rebounds.[8]

On March 16, 2012, Green recorded his third career triple-double against LIU-Brooklyn in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and joined Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as just the third player in NCAA history to have two career triple-doubles in the NCAA tournament.[9] On March 22, 2012, in a loss to Louisville, Green collected 16 rebounds, bringing him to 1,096 career rebounds, the most in Michigan State history ahead of Greg Kelser. He ended his career as one of three players in Michigan State history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.[1]

Professional career

Golden State Warriors (2012–present)

2012–13 season

Draymond Green at Warriors open practice
Green with the Warriors as a rookie in 2012

Green was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. On July 30, 2012, he signed a three-year, $2.6 million contract with the Warriors.[10] In his NBA debut in the Warriors' season opener on October 31 against the Phoenix Suns, Green played one minute, made one defensive rebound, and committed one foul.[11] Green gradually received more playing time in subsequent games, especially in the wake of injuries to Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson.[12] After getting only marginal floor time at the beginning of the season, by November 22, Green was playing 15–20 minutes per game,[13] and by December 9, as Green gained a bigger role on the team, the Warriors had won 8 of 10 games. On December 12, Green made the winning layup with 0.9 second left in the Warriors' 97–95 win over the defending champion Miami Heat.[14][15]

In Game 1 of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Denver Nuggets on April 20, Nuggets' guard Andre Miller drove around Green and made the game-winning layup in the Nuggets' 97–95 win over the Warriors. Improving on his three-point percentage and offensive performance over the course of the series, Green helped the Warriors win the first round in six games.[16][17] On May 8, Green started Game 2 of the Warriors' second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs. In the Warriors' 100–91 victory, the Warriors' first victory in San Antonio since the 1996–97 season, Green started in place of Festus Ezeli.[18] Green played 32 minutes and recorded 5 points on 2-of-8 shooting, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.[19] The Spurs went on to win the series 4 games to 2, subsequently ending the Warriors' season and playoff run.

2013–14 season

Green lost 20 pounds in the 2013 off-season and showed improvement in three-point shooting and defense as a sophomore.[20] On December 1, 2013, in the Warriors' 115–113 win over the Sacramento Kings, Green tipped in a missed shot by Stephen Curry to give the Warriors a 113–111 lead with 28.7 seconds left; the Kings trailed by as many as 16 in the game.[21] On December 25, Green was ejected from the Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers for committing a flagrant 2 foul on the Clippers' forward Blake Griffin.[22] The following day, the NBA fined Green $15,000 for "failing to leave the court in a timely manner" after being ejected.[23] Late in the season, he filled in at power forward for injured starter David Lee, who was out indefinitely.[24] On April 14, 2014, in the Warriors' second to last game of the regular season, Green recorded a career-high 20 points and a career high-tying 12 rebounds off the bench to help his team defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 130–120.[25]

Green finished the 2013–14 season having played in all 82 games with 12 starts while averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He went on to play in all seven of the Warriors' first-round playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers, as the Warriors lost the series 4 games to 3. He earned praise for his tough defense during the series after averaging 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.[26]

2014–15 season: First NBA Championship

With the Warriors' resurgence in 2014–15, along with it came the breakthrough the Warriors were hoping for from Green. With David Lee out of the Warriors' lineup with a hamstring injury to begin the season, Green was promoted to the starting lineup as his replacement at power forward. Over the first seven games of the season, Green averaged 13.6 points per game as the Warriors fell to a 5–2 record after losing two games in a row on November 9 and 11. In response to the two-game losing streak, the Warriors went on a 16-game winning streak with the help of Green as he averaged 13.3 points per game over the streak,[27] including a career-high 31 points on December 6 in a 112–102 win over the Chicago Bulls.[28]

On January 2, 2015, Green recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a 126–105 win over the Toronto Raptors.[29] He went on to finish runner-up in both the Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Most Improved Player Award.[30][31] Green capped off a great season with an NBA championship and a triple-double in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, playing a center position role in place of Andrew Bogut.[32] He became just the sixth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game, joining Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, James Worthy, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.

2015–16 season: First All-Star selection

Marcin Gortat vs. Draymond Green
Green defending Washington center Marcin Gortat

On July 9, 2015, Green re-signed with the Warriors to a five-year, $82 million contract.[33][34] Green helped the Warriors record their first ever 10–0 start to a season behind averages of 11.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, a team-high 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.[35] On November 24, he recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers as the Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16–0.[36] Three days later, he recorded his third career triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 135–116 win over the Phoenix Suns.[37] His fourth career triple-double came the very next game on November 28 against the Sacramento Kings. Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists against the Kings, becoming the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.[38]

On December 11, Green became the first player since Nicolas Batum in 2012 to record five or more in all five major statistical categories. In just under 50 minutes of action, he recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks in a 124–119 double overtime win over the Boston Celtics, increasing their unbeaten winning streak to the start the season to 24–0.[39] The following day, the Warriors' unbeaten run was broken by the Milwaukee Bucks, losing their first game of the season 108–95 despite Green's 24-point, 11-rebound effort.[40] On January 4, 2016, Green became the second Warriors player ever to post three straight triple-doubles (the other being Tom Gola in 1959–60) as he helped Golden State record its 35th straight regular-season home win with a 111–101 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.[41] On January 28, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, earning his first All-Star selection.[42] On March 27, he posted his franchise-best 12th triple-double of the season in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[43] Three days later, in a win over the Utah Jazz, Green became the first player in NBA history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season.[44] At the conclusion of the regular season, Green was selected to the All-NBA Second Team,[45] finished runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award,[46] and was named to the All-Defensive Team with the second-most votes.[47] His 13 triple-doubles were second in the league to Russell Westbrook's 18, and he broke Gola's team record of nine set in 1959–60. His 13 were the most by a non-guard in the NBA since Grant Hill's 13 in 1996–97.[48]

As the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors eliminated the No. 8 Houston Rockets, 4–1, and advanced to the second round against Portland. In Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, Green recorded his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 118–106 win.[49] In Game 3 of the series, Green scored a playoff career-high 37 points in a 120–108 loss, a loss that cut the Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1.[50] The Warriors won the series 4–1, advancing to the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 3, Green kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin. The foul was later upgraded from a Flagrant Foul 1 to a Flagrant 2 and he was fined $25,000.[51] The Warriors went on to win the series in seven games after overcoming a 3–1 deficit. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green had 28 points with five three-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Warriors to a 110–77 win and a 2–0 advantage in the series.[52] Golden State went ahead 3–1 in Game 4, during which Green and LeBron James of Cleveland had to be separated. The two had gotten tangled in the closing minutes of the Warriors' 108–97 win. Green fell to the ground, and James stepped over him. Feeling disrespected, Green swung his arm and appeared to make contact with James' groin.[53] After the game, Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 for contact that was ruled "unnecessary" and "retaliatory", and James was given a technical foul for taunting. Having accumulated his fourth flagrant foul point in the playoffs, Green was suspended for Game 5.[54] The Warriors went on to lose the series in seven games despite a 32-point, 15-rebound effort from Green in Game 7.[55]

2016–17 season: Second NBA Championship

Draymond Green (33053301711)
Green with Warriors in 2017

Green opened the season with an 18-point, 12-rebound effort against the San Antonio Spurs on October 25, 2016.[56] He helped the Warriors start the season 14–2 before a left ankle injury sidelined him for the team's November 26 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[57] He missed just the one game, and on December 1, he had a season-best game with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a 132–127 double overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.[58] On December 13, he recorded his 15th career triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, along with four steals, in a 113–109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[59] On January 2, he recorded his second triple-double of the season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a 127–119 win over the Denver Nuggets.[60] On January 16, he recorded his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, while also equaling his career best with five blocks, in a 126–91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.[61] On January 26, he was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.[62]

On February 10, 2017, Green scored only four points but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals as the Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 122–107. His triple-double was the first in NBA history with fewer than 10 points scored. It also was only the second in NBA history with at least 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a game—the first was Alvin Robertson's in 1986, when he also had 20 points. Green became the first player in NBA history to record 10 steals and five blocks in a game since the 1973–74 season, when those became official statistics. The 10 steals also set a Warriors record and was the first 10-steal game in the NBA since Brandon Roy's in January 2009.[63] On March 14, 2017, he had 20 points with 11 free throws, eight assists, eight rebounds and six blocks in a 106–104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Green became the 11th player in franchise history with 400 blocked shots, moving past Andrew Bogut for 10th place on the franchise list.[64] Ten days later, he scored a season-high 23 points in a 114–100 win over the Sacramento Kings.[65] On March 31 against Houston, Green became the first Warriors player ever with 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season, and the first in the NBA to do so since Dwyane Wade in 2008–09.[66] On April 2, Green had his 19th career triple-double and fifth of the season with 11 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds in a 139–115 win over the Washington Wizards.[67] The Warriors finished the regular season with a 67–15 record and entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

On April 16, 2017, Green had 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocked shots and three steals in a 121–109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.[68] The Warriors went on to sweep both the first and second rounds of the playoffs, as Green posted his third career postseason triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in Game 4 of their second-round series against the Utah Jazz.[69] The Warriors also swept the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals for the third straight season while becoming the first team in NBA history to go 12–0 in the playoffs.[70] Green helped the Warriors win their second championship in three years with a 4–1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. At the end-of-season awards night, Green was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in Warriors history to earn the award.[71]

2017–18 season: Third NBA Championship

In the Warriors' season opener against the Houston Rockets on October 17, 2017, Green exited in the second half with a strained left knee after he contributed nine points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. The Warriors went on to lose 122–121.[72] On December 25, 2017, he had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 99–92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers,[73] tying the franchise career record with his 20th triple-double.[74] Four days later, he had eight points, 11 rebounds and tied his career high with 16 assists in a 111–100 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[75] On January 4, 2018, in a 124–114 win over the Houston Rockets, Green recorded 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the franchise career leader in triple-doubles with 21, passing Tom Gola.[76] Four days later, he recorded a season-high 23 points and 10 assists in a 124–114 win over the Denver Nuggets.[77] On January 20, 2018, he recorded 21 points and seven rebounds in a 116–108 loss to the Houston Rockets, thus surpassing the 4,000-point mark (4,019) while also reaching 3,000 career rebounds.[78] On February 24, 2018, in a 112–80 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Green passed Chris Mullin (488) for eighth place on the Warriors' blocked shots list.[79] On March 8, 2018, he had his third triple-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110–107 win over the San Antonio Spurs.[80] Green helped the Warriors defeat the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs in five games, as he recorded 17 points, a career-playoff high 19 rebounds and seven assists in a 99–91 win in Game 5.[81] In Game 1 of the Warriors' second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans, Green recorded his fourth career postseason triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks in a 123–101 win. He topped Gola's three playoff triple-doubles for most in franchise history.[82] In Game 4, Green had eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks in a 118–92 win. With his fourth rebound, Green became the third player in Warriors history to reach 800 playoff rebounds, joining Wilt Chamberlain (922) and Nate Thurmond (896).[83] In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, as the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101–92.[84] In Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Green passed Chamberlain for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history.[85] The Warriors went on to sweep the series against the Cavaliers to claim back-to-back titles.

2018–19 season

After being limited during the preseason by a sore knee,[86] Green played unhindered over the first 10 games of the season.[87] On November 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies, Green was limited to just under 14 minutes because of a bruised right foot.[88] He subsequently missed the next two games because of a sprained right toe.[87][89] He returned to action on November 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers, but a heated argument between himself and teammate Kevin Durant during and after the game led to Green being suspended for the Warriors' contest the following day against the Atlanta Hawks.[90][91] He played on November 15 against the Houston Rockets,[92] but then missed the next 11 games with the same sprained toe on his right foot.[93] In his return game on December 10, he had seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 116–108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[94] On January 24, he grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in a 126–118 win over the Washington Wizards.[95] In Game 6 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against the Clippers, Green recorded his fifth career playoff triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a 129–110 series-clinching win.[96] In Game 3 of the second round, he recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 126–121 overtime loss to the Rockets.[97] With 10 rebounds against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Green set a career high with his seventh straight playoff game with at least 10 rebounds,[98] breaking his previous postseason mark of six from 2018.[99] In Game 3, Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a 110–99 win.[100] He helped the Warriors sweep the series behind a triple-double of 18 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 119–117 overtime win in Game 4.[101]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Green's team won an NBA Championship
* Led the league

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Golden State 79 1 13.4 .327 .209 .818 3.3 .7 .5 .3 2.9
2013–14 Golden State 82 12 21.9 .407 .333 .667 5.0 1.9 1.2 .9 6.2
2014–15 Golden State 79 79 31.5 .443 .337 .660 8.2 3.7 1.6 1.3 11.7
2015–16 Golden State 81 81 34.7 .490 .388 .696 9.5 7.4 1.5 1.4 14.0
2016–17 Golden State 76 76 32.5 .418 .308 .709 7.9 7.0 2.0* 1.4 10.2
2017–18 Golden State 70 70 32.7 .454 .301 .775 7.6 7.3 1.4 1.3 11.0
2018–19 Golden State 66 66 31.3 .445 .285 .692 7.3 6.9 1.4 1.1 7.4
Career 533 385 28.1 .439 .323 .706 6.9 4.6 1.4 1.1 9.1
All-Star 3 0 15.7 .375 .000 .750 5.7 2.7 2.0 .7 3.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Golden State 12 1 18.6 .429 .391 .765 4.3 1.6 .5 .8 5.8
2014 Golden State 7 4 32.6 .467 .276 .792 8.3 2.9 1.7 1.7 11.9
2015 Golden State 21 21 37.3 .417 .264 .736 10.1 5.2 1.8 1.2 13.7
2016 Golden State 23 23 38.2 .431 .365 .738 9.9 6.0 1.6 1.8 15.4
2017 Golden State 17 17 34.9 .447 .410 .687 9.1 6.5 1.8 1.6 13.1
2018 Golden State 21 21 39.0 .432 .266 .796 10.6 8.1 2.0 1.5 10.8
Career 101 87 34.9 .432 .327 .741 9.2 5.6 1.6 1.5 12.3

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Michigan State 37 0 11.4 .556 .000 .615 3.3 .8 .6 .2 3.3
2009–10 Michigan State 37 3 25.5 .525 .125 .672 7.7 3.0 1.2 .9 9.9
2010–11 Michigan State 34 27 30.1 .426 .366 .683 8.6 4.1 1.8 1.1 12.6
2011–12 Michigan State 37 36 33.2 .449 .388 .723 10.6 3.8 1.5 .9 16.2
Career 145 66 25.0 .467 .361 .687 7.6 2.9 1.2 .8 10.5

Career highlights

National team career

Green represented the United States national team at the 2011 Summer Universiade men's basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China. Team USA finished in fifth place in the tournament as Green averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds with a 46.3% shooting percentage.[1]

In June 2016, Green was named in the United States national squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[103] He helped Team USA win the gold medal in Rio, and in eight games, he averaged 1.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.[104]

Player profile

Though he is considered undersized for a power forward at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m), Green is a versatile defender, capable of guarding all 5 positions as both an interior and perimeter defender.[24][105][106] Green studies opponents' habits, and leverages his preparation along with his muscular frame and lower-body strength, and is capable of generating rebounds, steals and blocks. He has been named to multiple NBA All-Defensive Teams, and was named the 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.[105]

Offensively, he can handle the ball on fast breaks and deliver passes to his teammates for scores. He is a capable three-point shooter who provides spacing for the offense by stretching the opposing defense.[105][106] Green is also adept at scoring around the basket.[107] His outstanding interior defense combined with his offensive repertoire form a unique two-way skill set.[106][107]

Under the coaching of Steve Kerr (and Luke Walton under a temporary basis), Green became crucial to the Warriors' Death Lineup as the team's center.[108] His performance in this position enabled the Warriors to create a number of match-up problems for opposing defenses during the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons. When played as a center, Green's length and strength allow him to credibly defend and contest opposing centers in the post, though he does give up some rebounding ability against taller opponents. On the offensive side, however, he can outrun, out-pass and outmaneuver most other centers in the league, leading to fast-break opportunities and disrupting defensive sets. This versatility and efficiency at the position has resulted in many analysts discussing Green as embodying the future direction of the center position in the NBA, with some even calling him the league's best center.[109][110]

During the 2015–16 season, Green dramatically increased his play-making role on the team, doubling his assists average to a team-leading 7.4 per game—good for seventh in the league and by far the most assists by any power forward that year. Green's ball handling, court vision and unselfishness in a point forward role have been repeatedly cited as a reason why the Warriors improved from 2014-15 to 2015-16.[111][112] In 2015-16, Green played approximately 20 percent of his minutes in that role, with the Warriors outscoring their appointments by 26.6 points per 48 minutes.[113][114] Though he took a lesser role on offense for the 2016-17 season, thanks to the addition of former MVP Kevin Durant, he took a step forward on defense, finally winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award that he coveted after two straight seasons as runner-up to Kawhi Leonard.[115]

He is widely viewed as the emotional and motivational "heart and soul" of the Warriors[12][116] and is noted for his vocal leadership on the court and in the locker room. As the Warriors pushed to the close of a record-setting 2015–16 season, Green was vocal about his desire to break the Chicago Bulls' all-time wins record, and sought the input of his teammates to make sure the team successfully pushed toward the goal together.[117] Green and Curry's on-court chemistry has been cited as a key to the Warriors' improvement in 2015–16, as Green's outspoken, fiery desire has meshed with Curry's quieter, implacable confidence to give the team "dual—and at times dueling—alpha dogs" that are ultimately mutually supporting.[118] Green is said to have played a significant role in the recruitment of Kevin Durant to join the Warriors.[119]

Because of his highly physical play, including multiple high-profile incidents of physical play in the playoffs, some have criticized him as being a 'dirty' player.[120] [121] [122] [123] Green is frequently among the league leaders in technical fouls.[124][125]

Personal life

Green is the son of Mary Babers and Wallace Davis.[1] His stepfather is Raymond Green, and he has two brothers, Torrian Harris and Braylon Green, and three sisters, LaToya Babers, Jordan Davis and Gabby Davis. Harris played basketball for Nebraska-Omaha from 2009 to 2011.[126]

Green has one child, a son, Draymond Jr.[127][128]

During his time at Michigan State University, Green practiced with the Michigan State Spartans football team and was in for two plays during the 2011 Green-White spring football game and played tight end.[129]

In the summer of 2012, Green moved into an apartment in Emeryville, California. Green considered it too expensive to live in San Francisco as most of his Warriors teammates did and explained his choice of a modest apartment: "I've been pretty broke my entire life. I'm not going to live that same life, but I'm going to keep those same principles."[130] He identifies himself as a Christian.[131]

On September 14, 2015, Green donated $3.1 million to Michigan State University, which is the largest pledge from an athlete in the school's history,[132] to help build a new athletics facility and fund an endowment program for scholarships.[133]

On July 10, 2016, Green was arrested for assault in East Lansing, Michigan.[134][135][136] The night prior, he had a confrontation with Michigan State defensive back Jermaine Edmondson. The arresting report cites Green went to Rick's bar and had bumped into Edmondson. After a verbal exchange, two associates of Green allegedly choked Edmondson and his girlfriend. The next night, both Green and Edmondson attended Conrad's Grill in East Lansing where Edmondson confronted Green about the incident the night before. Green allegedly poked Edmondson in the chest and either slapped or punched him in the face. The arresting officers stated that Green had a blood alcohol level of .10 and admitted to slapping Edmondson and asked to apologize to the victim. After posting a $200 bail, Green was released four hours after the arrest.[137]

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2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season

The 2011–12 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2015, followed by the start of the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season in November. The season marked the first season of participation of the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball team in Big Ten competition. With the addition of Nebraska, all teams will play seven other teams twice and four teams once during the conference schedule, which continues to be 18 games. The season commenced on October 14 when Michigan State and Minnesota celebrated Midnight Madness and three more conference schools hosted events on the 15th. For the fifth consecutive season, all conference games were broadcast nationally with eight aired by CBS Sports, 36 carried by the ESPN Inc. family of networks including ESPN and ESPN2, while 64 games were carried by the Big Ten Network. The conference led the nation in attendance for the 36th consecutive season.The regular season ended with Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State tied for the league championship. Wisconsin finished in second place.

Michigan State's Draymond Green was named the Conference Player of the Year. Michigan State's Tom Izzo was named conference Coach of the Year.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted the Big Ten Tournament from March 8–March 11. Michigan State defeated Ohio State in the championship game to win the tournament championship. Draymond Green was also named tournament MVP. As a result, the Spartans received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Six teams (Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin) received invitations to the NCAA Tournament. The conference had an 11–6 record in the Tournament, with Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin reaching the Sweet Sixteen. Ohio State advanced to the Final Four. Three teams (Iowa, Minnesota, and Northwestern) received bids to the National Invitation Tournament. The conference had a 6–3 record with Minnesota losing in the championship game.

2011–12 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Spartans' head coach was Tom Izzo, who was in his 17th year at Michigan State. The team played its home games at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and were members of the Big Ten Conference. MSU finished with a record of 29–8, 13–5 in Big Ten play to finish in a three-way tie for first place. The Spartans also won the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, their 15th consecutive trip to the Tournament, and reached the Sweet Sixteen, losing to Louisville.

2013–14 Golden State Warriors season

The 2013–14 Golden State Warriors season was the 68th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 52nd anniversary of their time in the San Francisco Bay Area. They finished the regular season with a record of 51–31, clinching the sixth seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, the Warriors faced the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, and lost in seven games.

Following the season, Mark Jackson was dismissed as the Warriors head coach, and Steve Kerr became the new head coach. As of 2019, this was the last time the Warriors did not make the NBA Finals.

2014–15 Golden State Warriors season

The 2014–15 Golden State Warriors season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and their 53rd in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors finished the season 67–15, a new franchise record for wins in a season, clinching their best record in the NBA since they won 59 games in the 1975–76 season. They are the tenth NBA team to win 67 games in a season. Golden State reached the 2015 NBA Finals and defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–2, to win their first title in 40 years, and the fourth in franchise history. Their 83 total wins for the season was the third most for a team in NBA history, they went 83–20 combining regular season and playoff games.

Under first-year head coach and former NBA player Steve Kerr, the Warriors began the season 10–2, the best start in franchise history. They went 5–0 on the road in November, their second perfect road trip in franchise history, and first since 1978. Between November 13 and December 14, the Warriors won a franchise record 16 games in a row, improving to 21–2 on the season, before the record was snapped by the Memphis Grizzlies. On January 21, the team established a new franchise record of 17 straight home wins, extending the record to 19 before losing to the Chicago Bulls on January 27. With their win against the Portland Trail Blazers on March 24, they clinched the Pacific Division for the first time since the 1975–76 season, also tying the franchise record for road wins in a season with 24. Golden State finished with a road record of 28–13, and a franchise home win-loss record of 39–2, tied for second all-time best home record. On March 28, the Warriors won their 60th game and clinched the best record in the Western Conference and set a franchise record for regular season wins (the 1975–76 Warriors had won 59). They finished the regular season with a record of 67–15.

Numerous Warriors set individual records over the course of the season. Stephen Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the first Warriors player to win since Wilt Chamberlain in the 1959–60 NBA season, when the franchise was still located in Philadelphia. He also broke his own NBA record for made three-pointers in a season of 272, he finished with 286. On January 23, 2015, Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for most points scored in a quarter with 37; he finished the game with a career high 52 points. On April 15, head coach Steve Kerr won his 63rd game with the Warriors and broke the NBA record for most wins by a rookie head coach. Curry and Thompson, dubbed the "Splash Brothers", broke the single-season record for most three-pointers made by a pair of teammates. Both also made the All-Star team, Curry as a starter and Thompson as a reserve. Together, they sank 525 three-pointers over the course of the season, smashing the prior NBA record of 484 (set by themselves in 2013–14).

2015–16 Golden State Warriors season

The 2015–16 Golden State Warriors season was the 70th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 54th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors entered the season as the defending NBA champions and they set the best ever regular-season record of 73–9, breaking the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls record of 72–10. Golden State broke over twenty-five NBA records and more than ten franchise records that season, including most wins ever recorded in a season (regular-season and postseason combined); with 88. This team's regular season is considered to be one of the greatest in NBA and professional sports history.In the postseason, the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 4–1 in the first round of the playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers 4–1 in the Western Conference Semi-finals and they won the Western Conference Championship by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–3, becoming just the 10th team to come back from a 1–3 deficit. The Warriors played the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year, where they lost in seven games and became the first team in NBA history to give up a 3–1 lead in the Finals.The Warriors began the 2015–16 season by winning their first 24 games, eclipsing the previous best start in NBA history, set by the 1993–94 Houston Rockets and the 1948–49 Washington Capitols at 15–0. Their record-setting start ended when they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks on December 12, 2015. The Warriors broke a 131-year-old record of 20–0 set by the 1884 St. Louis Maroons baseball team, to claim the best start to a season in all of the major professional sports in America. They also won 28 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2014–15 season, eclipsing the 2012–13 Miami Heat for the second longest winning streak in NBA history. The team set an NBA record 54-straight regular-season home-game winning streak, which spanned from January 31, 2015 to March 29, 2016. The previous record of 44 was held by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. Golden State broke their franchise record of 28 road wins in a season which they set in 2014–15; they ended the season with 34, passing the same mid-1990s Chicago Bulls team led by Michael Jordan for the most road wins in NBA history. The team became the first in NBA history to go the entire regular-season without back-to-back losses and without losing to the same team twice. The team's record-setting roster would be featured in NBA 2K18.

Steve Kerr was named Coach of the Year, the third coach in Warriors history to win the award. Stephen Curry was named Most Valuable Player for a second successive season and is the first unanimous winner in NBA history. Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were all named to the All-Star Game, the first time the Warriors have had three All-Stars since 1976. Curry broke his own NBA record for made three-pointers in a season of 286, finishing with 402. Curry won the scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game and led the league in steals and had the best free throw percentage. He became the seventh player to enter the 50–40–90 club (he shot 50% for field goals, 45% for three-pointers and 91% for free throws during the entire regular season).

2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead in the series while recording the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals were played in a Thursday–Sunday–Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

The win by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic comeback. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

2016 NBA playoffs

The 2016 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2015–16 season. The tournament ended with the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 after the Warriors led the series 3 games to 1. In the NBA Finals, LeBron James was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Cavaliers swept their first two series and won the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors to become the fourth team in NBA history to open a post-season with 10 straight victories. They matched the 2012 San Antonio Spurs, though the 1989 and 2001 Los Angeles Lakers had won their first eleven games en route to sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs. Cleveland wound up repeating this feat the next year, when they swept the conference opening round, semifinal round, and winning the first 2 conference final games. However, this feat would be surpassed by the 2017 Golden State Warriors, who won 15 straight games.

2016–17 Golden State Warriors season

The 2016–17 Golden State Warriors season was the 71st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 55th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors won their fifth NBA Championship, setting the best postseason record in NBA history by going 16–1. They entered the season as runners-up in the 2016 NBA Finals, after a record breaking regular-season in 2015–16. With the acquisition of free agent Kevin Durant in the offseason, the Warriors were hailed as a "Superteam" by the media and fans, forming a new All-Star "Fantastic Four" of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Warriors broke over 20 NBA records on their way to equaling their 2014–15 regular-season record of 67–15, their second most wins in franchise history.

In the postseason, Golden State clinched the top seed in the playoffs for the third successive year. The Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4–0 in the first round, the Utah Jazz 4–0 in the Western Conference semi-finals and the San Antonio Spurs 4–0 in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors claimed their fifth NBA Championship by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–1 in the NBA Finals, the first time in NBA history two teams have met for a third consecutive year. Golden State became the first team ever to start 15–0 in the playoffs and their fifteen straight wins were the most consecutive postseason wins in NBA history. They also became the first team in all four major professional sports in America to start 15–0 in the postseason. The Warriors set the best playoff record in NBA history by going 16–1 (.941).Golden State won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the third consecutive season. The Warriors became only the second team in NBA history to win 30 road games in back-to-back seasons, joining the 1995–96 and 1996–97 Chicago Bulls. Stephen Curry set numerous three-point NBA records this season; including most three-pointers made in a single game with 13 and most consecutive games (regular-season and postseason combined) with a made three-pointer with 196. Curry also surpassed 300 three-pointers in the regular-season for the second time in NBA history; he finished with 324.Draymond Green won the Defensive Player of the Year Award at the NBA Awards, the first time a Warrior has won it. Kevin Durant won the NBA Finals MVP award, the third time a Warrior has won it. The Warriors won the Team of the Year Award at the Espy Awards. Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were all named to the All-Star Game, the first time Golden State have had four All-Stars and just the eighth time in NBA history a single team has had four players in the game. The Warriors were the only team with multiple players named to the All-NBA Team this season, with Curry, Durant and Green all selected. Bob Myers won the Executive of the Year Award, his second win in three years. The Warriors were the fastest team in NBA history to clinch a playoff berth this season, achieving the feat on February 25, 2017.

2017 NBA Awards

The 2017 NBA Awards were the first annual awards show by the National Basketball Association (NBA), held on June 26, 2017 at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City, New York, and hosted by musician Drake.

2017 NBA playoffs

The 2017 NBA playoffs began on April 15, 2017. It concluded with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals, their third consecutive meeting at the Finals. Kevin Durant was named the NBA Finals MVP in his first year on the team.

The Warriors set the record for the longest playoff winning streak (15) and the best record (16-1) in NBA playoff history.

2017–18 Golden State Warriors season

The 2017–18 Golden State Warriors season was the 72nd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 56th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors entered the season as the defending NBA champions and repeated, sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0 in the Finals. It was the first time in NBA history and in North America's four major professional sports leagues that two teams had met to compete for a Championship for a fourth consecutive year. It was the Warriors' third championship in four years, and sixth overall. Golden State won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive season. In the playoffs, the Warriors defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the First Round 4–1 and the New Orleans Pelicans 4–1 in the Semifinals. They beat the top-seeded Houston Rockets 4–3 in the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors finished second in the Western Conference with a record of 58–24, their fifth most wins in franchise history. Golden State set the NBA record of 16 consecutive home wins in the playoffs, surpassing the 1990–91 Chicago Bulls. Stephen Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in an NBA Finals game with nine. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson were all named to the All-Star Game, the first time in NBA history that a team has had four All-Stars in consecutive seasons, and just the ninth time in NBA history a single team has had four players in the game. Curry was named captain, being the leading vote getter from the Western Conference. The Warriors ended the regular season with a slew of injuries to all four of their All-Stars, including an MCL sprain for Curry that kept him out for six weeks, and lost ten of their last seventeen games. For the first time since the 2013–14 season, they did not clinch first place for home-court advantage for the playoffs and failed to win 60 games for the first time under Steve Kerr. This season marked David West's final season in the NBA. He retired on August 30, 2018; having won two NBA championships with the Warriors.

2018 NBA playoffs

The 2018 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2017–18 season. The playoffs began on April 14, 2018 and ended on June 8 at the conclusion of the 2018 NBA Finals.

2018–19 Golden State Warriors season

The 2018–19 Golden State Warriors season is the 73rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 57th in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Warriors entered the season as the two-time defending NBA champions, having won back-to-back NBA championships. This is the Warriors' final season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, before moving to the new Chase Center in San Francisco, beginning with the 2019–20 NBA season. The Warriors won the Pacific Division title and Western Conference Championship for the fifth consecutive season. They finished with the best record in the Western Conference, with a record of 57–25. Golden State made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, a new franchise record. The previous record was six, in the team's first six years of existence between 1947 and 1952. Golden State recorded 50 wins for the sixth consecutive season, a franchise record. In the postseason, the Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 4–2 in First Round. They defeated the Houston Rockets 4–2 in the Western Conference Semifinals despite Kevin Durant going down with a calf strain in game five. Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4–0 in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors will face the Milwaukee Bucks or Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. Golden State is making their fifth consecutive Finals appearance and is only the second team in NBA history to achieve this feat after the Boston Celtics made ten straight between 1957–1966.

Klay Thompson broke the NBA record for three-pointers made in a game with 14, surpassing the 13 made by teammate Stephen Curry in the 2016–17 season. Curry broke the NBA record for most three-pointers made in the playoffs with 447. The record was held by Ray Allen, who had 385. This season Curry also moved into third on the all-time career three-point scoring list with 2,483; only Ray Allen and Reggie Miller having made more three-pointers during the regular season in NBA history. Curry, Durant, and Thompson were all named to the All-Star Game. Durant was named MVP of the game, the fourth time a Warrior player has won the award and first since 1967. From November 15–21, the Warriors lost four games in a row this year for the first time since the 2012–13 season, and for the first time under the tenure of Steve Kerr.

With the addition of free agent DeMarcus Cousins in the off-season, the Warriors had five All-Stars on their roster that were named to the 2018 All-Star Game. This is the sixth time in NBA history a team has had five All-Stars from the previous season, and the first since the Boston Celtics in 1976. The Warriors will attempt to become the first team since the 2000–2002 Los Angeles Lakers to three-peat in the NBA Finals, and would also be coach Steve Kerr's second three-peat, after doing so as a player with the Chicago Bulls from 1996–1998.

2019 NBA playoffs

The 2019 NBA Playoffs is the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2018–19 season. The playoffs began on April 13 and will end with the 2019 NBA Finals, which will start on May 30. Golden State Warriors are defending champions, winning the championship of the 2017-2018 season and the one the year before that.

Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

The Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1984–85 season. Only two players have won the award multiple times: Jim Jackson of Ohio State (1991, 1992) and Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State (1998, 1999). Eight players who won the Big Ten Player of the Year award were also named the national player of the year by one or more major voting bodies: Jim Jackson (1992), Calbert Cheaney of Indiana (1993), Glenn Robinson of Purdue (1994), Evan Turner of Ohio State (2010), Trey Burke of Michigan 2013, Draymond Green of Michigan State (2012), Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin (2015), and Denzel Valentine of Michigan State (2016).

Michigan State has the record for the most winners with nine. Of current Big Ten Conference members, six schools have never had a winner: Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, and Rutgers. Of these, only Iowa and Northwestern were in the conference since the inception of this award—Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1991, Nebraska joined in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.

Forward-center

Forward–center or bigman is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. Typically, this means power forward and center, since these are usually the two biggest player positions on any basketball team, and therefore more often overlap each other.

Forward–center came into the basketball jargon as the game evolved and became more specialized in the 1960s. The five positions on court were originally known only as guards, forwards, and the center, but it is now generally accepted that the five primary positions are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center.

Typically, a forward–center is a talented forward who also came to play minutes at center on teams that need help at that position. The player could also be a somewhat floor-bound center, under seven feet tall at the NBA level, whose skills suit him to a power forward position, especially if that team has a better center. One such player is Marcus Camby of the New York Knicks. At 6′ 11″ (211 cm), he generally plays as a center, but when he played for the New York Knicks earlier in his career, he mostly played power forward because his team had one of the best pure centers in the league in 7′ 0″ (213 cm) Patrick Ewing. Ewing himself was used as a forward–center early in his career to complement the then-incumbent Knicks center, 7′ 1″ (216 cm) Bill Cartwright. Ralph Sampson, at 7′ 4″ (224 cm), was another notable forward–center who played center his rookie year in 1983. In 1984, he moved to power forward when 7′ 0″ (213 cm) Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted that year. Most forward-centers range from 6′ 9″ (2.06 m) to 7′ 0″ (2.13 m) in height.

Other notable forward-centers include: Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, Anthony Davis, Al Horford, and Draymond Green.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. Founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, the Warriors relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962 and took the city's name, before changing its geographic moniker to Golden State in 1971. They play their home games at the Oracle Arena.

The Warriors won the inaugural Basketball Association of America (BAA) championship in 1947, and won its second championship in 1956, led by Hall of Fame trio Paul Arizin, Tom Gola, and Neil Johnston. However, the Warriors would not return to similar heights in Philadelphia, and after a brief rebuilding period following the trade of star Wilt Chamberlain, the team moved to San Francisco. With star players Jamaal Wilkes and Rick Barry, the Warriors returned to title contention, and won their third championship in 1975, in what is largely considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.

This would precede another period of struggle in the 1980s, before becoming playoff regulars at the turn of the decade with stars Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin, colloquially referred to as "Run TMC". After failing to capture a championship, the team entered another rebuilding phase in the 2000s. The Warriors' fortunes changed in the 2010s, ushering in a new era of success led by Stephen Curry. After drafting perennial All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the team returned to championship glory in 2015, before winning another two in 2017 and 2018 with the help of former league MVP Kevin Durant.

Nicknamed the Dubs as a shortening of "W's", the Warriors hold several NBA records; they have registered the best ever regular season, most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined), as well as the best ever postseason run. With the combined shooting of Curry and Thompson, they are credited as one of the greatest backcourts of all time. The team's six NBA championships are tied for third-most in NBA history with the Chicago Bulls. According to Forbes, the Warriors are the seventh highest valued sports franchise in the United States, and joint-tenth in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $3.1 billion.

Rich Paul

Rich Paul is an American sports agent based in Cleveland, Ohio. He founded Klutch Sports Group and represents a number of prominent NBA players, including Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, and long-time friend LeBron James.

Travis Schlenk

Travis Schlenk (born 1976-77) is the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Prior to joining the Hawks in May 2017, Schlenk was the assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors, having joined that team prior to the 2004-05 season as a video scout. He has also worked as a video coordinator for the Miami Heat from 1999 to 2003, and as Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Georgia basketball program from 1998 to 1999.During his tenure with the Warriors, Schlenk developed a reputation for evaluating talent. He has been credited for being primarily responsible for identifying Draymond Green, picked 35th in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.Schlenk is a native of Selden, Kansas, and holds a Master of Education degree from Wichita State University.

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