Messing things up in the NBA Draft is way easier than striking gold, as there are just so many things that could go wrong in a player’s career.
Projections, comparisons, stats, and all that are pretty much worthless and meaningless once a player sets foot on the hardwood, and how high you were taken in the draft isn’t as important to a career as how much effort a guy puts up on the floor.
That’s one of the many reasons why Draymond Green fell to the second round despite a standout career at Michigan State.
He’s made it clear that he remembers every single player who was picked ahead of him — who was taken No. 35 by the Golden State Warriors in 2012 — and he recently named the ‘most ridiculous’ player of those that went before him.
Looking like a basketball player is IMPORTANT 😭 pic.twitter.com/98QZjBaP1L
— Podcast P with Paul George (@PodcastPShow) July 5, 2023
In a telling appearance on Paul George’s ‘Podcast P,’ Green ripped Andrew Nicholson’s selection as the No. 19 pick, citing that people were actually comparing the two of them even though he didn’t even look like a basketball player.
Fast forward to today, and Green is one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game and a four-time NBA champion, while Nicholson isn’t even in the league anymore and has spent most of his career playing overseas.
That’s just the way things go in the draft sometimes, and projections are just projections.
Green worked his way up Steve Kerr’s pecking order and made the most of David Lee’s injury to cement himself in the starting lineup, and the rest is history.NEXT: Draymond Green Reveals The Most Professional Player He Has Ever Played With