Draymond Green quickly turned himself from an unheralded second-round pick to one of the top players in the NBA.
The Warriors drafted Green No. 35 overall in 2012, and he averaged only 13.4 minutes per game during his rookie season. Green has since become a vital cog for the best team in NBA history, finishing seventh in MVP voting this year, and second in Defensive Player of the Year voting for the second year in a row.
In between the time he works on his game, Green also finds time to relax. Of course, Green chooses to chill out by watching basketball, mostly the WNBA.
“In the NBA there’s always a guy who is only around because he can jump,” Green told Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins in a wide-ranging profile. “He doesn’t have a clue about the fundamentals. I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.”
Green may start a trend for other players if his methods can be proven to work. The forward averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Warriors this season.