Spartan standout Draymond Green recently visited the Atlanta Hawks and was said to have raised some eyebrows during pre-draft workouts with his combination of skill and versatility.
Green played all four collegiate years at Michigan State and steadily got better each year, statistically and as a leader. He went from being on the All-Big Ten third-team in 2010 to being awarded All-Big Ten Player-of-the-Year in 2012. In his senior season, Green powered the Spartans to the Sweet 16 stage of the NCAA tournament and led the team in scoring, rebounding, and steals per game for the entire year.
“Over the years, I’ve learned how to use my body more against guys with more length, just figuring out the little niches and things that you have to do,” Green told James Carr of FoxSportsSouth.com. “I think that comes along with more experience, just playing more and more.”
Hawks head coach Larry Drew praised Green after he and a few other potential draftees went through pre-draft workouts on Tuesday.
“I think he’s going to be a terrific NBA player, I don’t think there’s enough players like him that bring a little bit of everything to the game. But he certainly is that type of player, that caliber of player.”
But how would Green fit with the Hawks? Atlanta is already stacked with players who could play multiple positions and adding another young versatile forward would give the team much needed depth.
“Some teams have told me three, some teams have told me four,” Green said. “At the end of the day, I’m still a player. So regardless of what it is, I’m going to make the adjustment to make sure I’m able to play that position.”
Coach Drew shared his take on how Green might be able to help the Hawks:
“I think he can develop into a three. I think he has that versatility where you can move him around. A lot of it depends on matchups. But I think he has the foot speed and the size to play the four, and I think that’s just going to be a plus for him and his game to move from the three to the four,” Drew said after watching Green work out. “As I said before, this league is really starting to move more toward that versatile player, a guy who can play multiple positions. And he certainly fits that profile.”
Atlanta has the No. 23 pick in this years NBA Draft, but Chad Ford of ESPN.com has Green going 27th overall to the (soon to be NBA Champions) Miami Heat in his latest mock draft.
Given the Hawks’ need for a player of Green’s caliber, he may not get a chance to bring his talents to South Beach.