Originally written on Bay Sports Report  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Ncaa_final_four_4529
            Draymond Green is a throwback in almost every sense of the word. The fact he stayed all four years at Michigan State is almost unheard of in this day and age. In his time there, he showed himself to be a capable player, playing a pivotal role in the Spartans’ run to the NCAA title game as a freshman in 2009, and earning Big Ten Player of the Year and first team All-America honors as a senior in 2012. Despite all these accolades, teams had concerns Green was a “tweener,” being that he not only lacked the size (6-7, 230) of a conventional power forward, but also the lateral quickness to guard small forwards. These concerns caused Green to slip into the second round, where the Warriors got themselves a steal with the 35th overall pick. While he won’t wow you with speed or athleticism, whenever he’s on the floor, teammates and fans alike know they’re in good hands. He plays with an almost child-like enthusiasm, flashing a smile from ear to ear, and takes pride in doing the little things like taking charges, setting screens, and most importantly, proving he can guard all five positions. Green was an integral part of the second unit, and stepped his game up when it mattered most during the postseason. He doubled his regular season scoring output (2.9 to 5.8 PPG), and showed a willingness to take big shots. Green, who shot an abysmal .209 from three during the regular season, shot at a .391 clip in the playoffs, and showed more confidence in his offensive game. Year two should provide Green with an expanded role on both sides of the floor, as he is now the unquestioned leader of the bench, with the departure of veterans Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. The addition of Andre Iguodala also figures to take some pressure off Green as a defensive stopper. Green showed off a new svelte figure at the Vegas Summer League, and averaged 12.7 points and 7.4 boards en route to their championship victory. Expect big things from the man with the big smile. Dino Marcelino @dindin4thewin
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

Report: Widespread academic fraud occurred at North Carolina

NHL postpones Senators/Leafs game after Ottawa shootings

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

Porn star: No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski

Outrageous college football predictions: Week 9

World Series Game 2 Preview: Giants vs. Royals

Warriors News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.