Draymond Green (right) is all smiles with Warriors GM Bob Meyers.
While giving his speech amidst the lovefest after the Warriors NBA Championship Parade GM Bob Meyers promised fans that forward Draymond Green would return as a Golden State Warrior.
He kept his word and Green was re-signed last week to a five-year deal for an undisclosed amount and the Warriors celebrated by holding a press conference Thursday at the teams HQ's in downtown Oakland.
Surrounded by his mother Mary Babers-Green, media members and Warriors management Meyers wasted no time locking down the third year player signing him hours after the FA frenzy began on July 1st.
“You cannot overstate how important Draymond Green was to helping our team win an NBA Championship last season,” said Myers, “and we are thrilled that he has decided to re-sign with us. Our ownership group, led by Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, has once again demonstrated the commitment necessary to build and maintain a championship caliber team.”
Donned in a suit and fresh haircut the outspoken Green appeared in 79 regular-season games (all starts) last season, establishing career-high averages in nearly every major statistical category, including 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.56 steals, 1.25 blocks and 31.5 minutes per contest.
“To be in this position, signing back long term with the Warriors is amazing. It’s an organization that I love, it’s great being a part of, best fans in the NBA, first-class organization,” said Green when he announced he would be staying with the team last week.
The 6’7” forward led the team in rebounding, ranked second in assists, steals and blocks, and ranked third in scoring. Green became just the third player in Warriors history to earn NBA All-Defensive First Team honors (joining Nate Thurmond and Andre Iguodala), and also finished second in both the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player Award voting. Among NBA leaders, the Michigan State product ranked second in plus/minus (+10.6), third in net rating (16.5) and tied for fourth in defensive rating (96.0).
In 21 postseason games en route to the Warriors first NBA title in 40 years, he averaged 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.81 steals, 1.19 blocks and 37.3 minutes per contest. He also posted 12 double-doubles during the postseason, including a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the series-clinching victory in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Cleveland, marking the first Finals triple-double in franchise history.
“This is truly an unbelievable and blessed day for me and my family,” said Green. “I’d like to thank Joe Lacob, Peter Guber, Bob Myers, Rick Welts, all of my teammates and coaches, and everyone in DubNation for believing in me and helping me become the player and person that I am today. In three short years I have gone from a second round pick that many doubted could play in this league to an NBA Champion, and I look forward to getting better – both individually and as a team – as we face the challenges that lie ahead of us.”
Originally selected by the Warriors with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Green has appeared in 240 regular-season games (92 starts) during his three-year career, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.11 steals in 22.3 minutes per contest. Having made the playoffs in all three of his professional campaigns, the Saginaw, MI, native has already appeared in 40 postseason games (26 starts) with Golden State, averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.40 steals and 1.18 blocks per contest. Among franchise postseason leaders, Green currently ranks third in steals (56), fourth in blocks (47), fourth in three-pointer field goals (41), eighth in assists (148) and ninth in rebounds (321).
Draymond's mother Mary Babers-Green, (right) the woman who taught Draymond the art of trash talking.
So far this Championship team remains intact with the exception of veteran David Lee who was traded to Boston for Gerald Wallace. The team also resigned 32 year-old "The Brazilian Blur" Leandro Barbosa to a 1-year contract earlier this week.
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