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The Warriors selected Draymond Green with the 35th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group recently handed Draymond a printout of the 34 players taken ahead of him, but Draymond didn't need to see it.

The All-Star forward then began to recite every pick.

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"First was Anthony Davis to New Orleans," Draymond started. "Then Charlotte took (Michael) Kidd-Gilchrist. Then Washington took Bradley Beal. Fourth was Cleveland: Dion Waiters."

The Warriors took Harrison Barnes at seventh overall, and picked Festus Ezeli at No. 30.

After Jae Crowder at No. 34, Golden State nabbed Green.

"I know why I had to wait," Draymond told Wilner. "I know what the scouts thought: 'He's a tweener. Who's he going to guard? He's maxed out his potential.'

"But I knew none of that was valid. What happened to me is what normally happens to players in my situation. But I knew I wasn't normal."

Draymond was the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year each of the last two seasons. He became an All-Star for the first time this year, and finished seventh in the MVP voting.

Last summer, he signed a 5-year, $82 million extension.

"I will never forget that night," Draymond added. "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."