When former Michigan State standout Draymond Green was set to make his transition to the NBA, he did so with a chip on his should after falling to the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
In fact, in a recent interview with Jon Wilner of The Mercury News, Green revealed he still looks back on that day. The memory of that night continues to be a driving force for Green, who is a key player on the league’s best team.
So just how much of a chip does Green still have on his shoulder today? Enough of one to remember every single player selected in front of him back in 2012… in order.
“First was Anthony Davis to New Orleans,” Green said. “Then Charlotte took (Michael) Kidd-Gilchrist. Then Washington took Bradley Beal. Fourth was Cleveland: Dion Waiters. Eight was Toronto: Terrence Ross. Sixteen was Houston: Royce White.”
Not only does Green remember the names of the players selected in front of him, he knows where they are playing to this day. Green always believed he deserved to be one of the top picks, so the way things have played out has given him a sense of reassurance.
“I will never forget that night,” he said. “I had to wait all that time. I’m not saying I’m cocky or anything, but I felt like I had to wait behind guys I was better than,” he said.
“And I think I’ve proven it.”
Every person finds a different way to motivate his or her self. And if setting out to prove you were overlooked motivates you to out perform everyone drafted in front of you, it will certainly help you in the long run. Just ask the Golden State Warriors.
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