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Draymond Green’s memory is insane and the chip on his shoulder is very large

Draymond Green has a high basketball IQ. We don’t need a test to prove this. Anyone who can figure out a way to guard all five positions, and — let’s face it — get a lot of friendly whistles in spite (or because) of his habitual haranguing of officials, has to have a good head on his shoulders.

Disclaimer: I don’t do this all that often, but I’m going to play the role of a traditional blogger and “borrow” content from a mainstream website and use it for my own purposes. But this note from Jon Wilner’s story about Green is nothing short of ridiculous.

The topic is the 2012 NBA draft — his draft — and Warriors forward Draymond Green has his game face on. Offered a printout of every selection to assist his recollections of that fateful night, Green scoffs.

The topic is the 2012 NBA draft — his draft — and Warriors forward Draymond Green has his game face on. Offered a printout of every selection to assist his recollections of that fateful night, Green scoffs.

“I don’t need it.”

And with that, he begins.

“First was Anthony Davis to New Orleans,” he says. “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 …

By the time he’s done, Green has reeled off the names of all 34 players selected ahead of him and the corresponding team.

In order.

Uh, what?

The experience is seared into Green’s memory. Not only can he recite the name of each player selected ahead of him, in order, he knows their whereabouts.

He knows, for example, that John Jenkins, selected by Atlanta in the spot Green thought was his, has been injured, waived and assigned multiple times to the D-League.

He knows Plumlee, selected by the Pacers, is a journeyman on his third team in four years.

He knows Taylor, the first pick of the second round, is playing in Spain.

“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.

“And I think I’ve proven it.”

I was two feet away from Frank Gore when, heading into the 2013 season, he recited the names of the five running backs drafted before him in 2005. I was impressed! He had been holding onto those feelings, those names, and what they represent for eight years. Green hasn’t had that long to marinate on those players drafted ahead of him … but 34 guys? In order? I can’t remember 34 of anything in a row, other than the numbers 1-through-34 on a good day.

Included in those 34 are two current Warriors, Harrison Barnes (No. 7) and Festus Ezeli (No. 30). Green already signed a 5-year, $82 million deal before this season, which in the current NBA climate looks like a bargain for the Warriors. Barnes turned down a 4-year, $64 million offer before the season.

Green spent a good portion of a dual press conference praising Ezeli, the guy sitting next to him, a couple weeks ago. Not to say he isn’t friendly with both players, but would Green have a similar chip on his shoulder if the Warriors signed either Barnes or Ezeli to extensions more lucrative than his own?

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amramdoesnotwrk
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amramdoesnotwrk

BASportsGuy his contract is a bargain. He’s closer to 20 million per year

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allorente571

BASportsGuy do you think he should have gone #1 overall in that draft?

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MarkLopez2

Without Draymond this would be just another good basketball team. His focus, intensity, and refuse to lose mindset is as essential to the success of this team, as Steph and Klay’s three point magic. Draymond is ultimate Warrior.

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