|PF||Michigan St||6’6”||235 lbs||3/4/90|
There aren’t many more intriguing players in the country than Draymond Green because of his skillset, his size, the position he plays and the role he plays for the Michigan State team. Green is the type of player coach’s love because of what he brings to the table, despite not having the ideal physical tools.
Offensively, Green is one of the best passing big men in the country. He is a very good distributor from anywhere on the floor and the Michigan State offense often runs through him to set other players up. Despite not being a go-to threat offensively, Green has a very effective jump-shot stretching out to three-point range. He also has the ball-handling skills and deceptive quickness to take opposing bigs off the dribble. Unfortunately, his lack of size and athletic ability limit his ability to finish around the rim as well as be an effective low-post scorer.
Defensively, Green will always be a mismatch wherever he plays because he lacks a true position. He isn’t nearly quick enough to guard 3’s at the NBA level, let alone the NCAA level, and doesn’t have the length or size to defend 4’s effectively. The thing that he does have working for him is that he has the girth to somewhat make-up for his size deficiencies. He is also a very smart and tough defender. He also has displayed to be a very good rebounder which should translate to the next level.
The success of undersized 4’s in recent history and the trend of the NBA getting smaller, should help Green get drafted. There’s no doubt that Green can carve out a career in the NBA because of his unique skillset for his position despite his size. He brings valuable assets to the table such as his shot, passing ability, rebounding and basketball IQ that will help him overcome other deficiencies to become a solid role player.
Rank 53rd Overall (16th PF)
Projection Late 2nd
Strengths Versatile offensive player
High basketball IQ
Very good rebounder
Lack of low-post game