5 Reasons Draymond Green Will Be Golden State Warriors' Rookie of the Year
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Leading up to the draft, there was a prop bet whether or not Green would be a first-round pick.
I told my brother and avid gambler to bet the house that Green would be a first-round pick; he was just too good to not to be a first-round selection.
Luckily for my brother, there was a maximum amount on how much one could bet on that prop, and luckily for the Warriors, they got a steal in Green, who will be a major contributor in their run to make the playoffs next season.
Here is why Green will be the most important rookie for the Warriors this season.
5. He Is a Winner
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The Warriors have a losing culture; I can't really sugar coat that one, it's just the truth.
Coming from Tom Izzo's system at Michigan State, Green has gained invaluable experience, and he knows how to play winning basketball.
It's even why G.M. Bob Myers said he drafted him.
Green can be the leader on the second unit for the Warriors. He has the skill set and the mentality to do whatever he can to help his new team win. With the Warriors set to change their ways, Green will do whatever it takes to make sure the Warriors do just that.
4. High Basketball I.Q.
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What is going to keep Green on the floor is his high basketball I.Q.
Green slid in the draft because he doesn't necessarily have a position, and he doesn't do any one thing great.
Green can actually use those two things in his favor.
He is smart enough to know what exactly he needs to do in any particular game situation, and he will be able to fill any number of positions/roles for the Warriors on any given night.
He will prove to be a very valuable asset to the Warriors bench.
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The Warriors were 28th in rebounding last year—28th!
Let me remind you that there are only 30 teams in the NBA.
While Andrew Bogut is going to help with that, Green, coming off a senior year in which he averaged double digits in rebounds per game, will be able to make big contributions with his strong rebounding ability.
Green’s propensity to rebound the basketball is going to keep him on the floor and allow him to make a big impact. Especially on the Warriors second unit, which is seriously lacking strong rebounding.
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Next season the Warriors will certainly look more defensive than any other Warrior team that we have seen. Now to play for the Warriors, you are going to have to play defense and you are going to have to hustle to get minutes.
While Green is not a lock down defender, he will outwork everyone else on the floor, do the little things like he has done so far already in summer league games.
Sure the games don't really count right now, but imagine what he is going to do when the games really count.
Green will be the most energetic player the Warriors will have next season and that is what will keep him on the floor and contributing.
1. He Will Be the Warriors' Glue Guy
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Green doesn't necessarily have one great skill. However, he does everything really well.
The Warriors have plenty of guys that can put the ball in the basket—what they need is a guy to do all the little things.
Enter Draymond Green.
While Green is a good shooter, his biggest contributions will come by setting screens, spacing the floor and as a gifted passer he will get the ball in the right spot to the open shooter. All of the other little things that no one wants or likes to do is where Green will excel.
The contributions that Green will bring to the team next season won't show up on the box score, but it will make him the most important rookie for the Warriors next season.