Draymond Green

Who is Draymond Green?  Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has turned into the latest NBA villain because of “kick-gate”--that time he "accidentally" kicked Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in his family jewels, during the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Here's what else you should know about him.

What’s his game?  Draymond is one of the most well-rounded players on the court.  Even though he’s listed as a power forward, he frequently plays center for the Warriors in their small-ball (aka “death”) lineup. This gives the Warriors a serious advantage because Draymond is one of the best defenders in the game and offensively he’s faster and more agile than the typical center. 

Need a hand?  Draymond also makes his teammates better. With him on the court, the Warriors outscored opponents by 1,070 points this season, which is the best plus/minus of any player in the last 20 seasons. He averaged 7.4 assists per game during the regular season (7th in the NBA), which was better than superstar teammate and point guard Steph Curry.

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.  Draymond is notorious for being the best trash-talker in the NBA, but he might not even be the best trash-talker in his family. Way back when Draymond was playing in youth leagues, his mom was known as “The Heckler”and was kicked out of several games. Ever since his Michigan State days, she’s been live-tweeting his games and Draymond even tried to delete her account because he thought she had no filter.

He’s careful with his money. Unlike a lot of NBA stars that go bankrupt later in life, Draymond has been careful with his cash.  He lived in an affordable apartment in the San Francisco suburb of Emeryville until very recently.  He credits his tough childhood, including getting his utilities turned off and house foreclosed upon.