Draymond Green is somewhat of an enigma entering the NBA. At 6'6'' 235 pounds, Green doesn't really fit into any position on the court.
He's not athletic enough to be a small forward, and he's a bit undersized to bang in the paint as a power forward. That won't keep him from being a productive NBA player though, because Green has legitimate range and touch to his jumper for a player his size.
What Green Brings to the Team
Green has a lot to work on coming into the NBA, but he also has a lot to offer. Not only does he have an impressively high basketball I.Q., Green is also one of the most complete "big men" in the draft.
Green will bring immediate production to the court on the glass, and he'll also be able to bring some scoring off the bench with his deep range and smooth stroke.
On the defensive side of the ball though, Green will be somewhat of a liability, especially at the small forward position. Green lacks the athleticism and lateral agility it takes to defend NBA talent on the perimeter, and that will keep him from being as productive as he possibly could during his rookie year.
With that being said, the one thing that Green will undoubtedly do during his rookie year is make those around him better players. That's the kind of player he was at Michigan State, and that will certainly translate into the NBA.
What Experts are Saying about Green
There's no doubt that Green has the potential to develop into an productive NBA player, but he'll have to work on quite a few things before that happens.
ESPN's Chad Ford reports that while he's not adequately sized or athletic enough to play as a small forward, he does have the talent it takes to succeed.
"I'm not sure what position he'll guard in the pros. What he does have is basketball IQ and the skills to make it lethal against his opponents. He can shoot, handle the ball, pass like a guard and isn't afraid to bang in the paint."
Green's Rookie Impact
It's evident that if Green is able to drop some weight, add some lean muscle and improve his agility and speed, he'll be able to step right in next season and make an impact on both sides of the ball.
At worst, Green will be productive coming off the bench, grabbing a few rebounds and being able to stretch the floor with his deadly range from beyond the arc.
Green's rookie season will be defined by maturity, character and hard work, which is the way he carried himself for all of his four seasons at Michigan State. Green's maturity and work ethic will have a positive impact on the players around him, which will be more valuable than the production he'll bring to the court during his rookie year.
Another solid second-round pick for the Warriors, one whom fans of the Dubs hope can enter the ranks of Monta Ellis, Gilbert Arenas, as a successful late steal.
He certainly has the strength to do damage in the paint, and his energy alone will be a great asset to Golden State. Expect him to make his presence felt right away.