Draymond Green can name all 34 players drafted before him in 2012 in order
How well do you know the 2012 NBA draft?
You can take this quiz on the first round. I got 16 before time ran out.
Draymond Green probably would’ve done better.Jon Wilner of Bay Area News Group:
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.
Ticked off? You’re darn right he’s still ticked off.
“I know why I had to wait,” he said. “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.”
That’s the lede to a quality feature on Green’s draft night. It’s worth reading in full, including the part about how Green planned to force his way to the Pistons if the Warriors didn’t pick him at No. 35.
Re-do the draft, and Green goes somewhere between second and fourth -- behind Anthony Davis and in the mix with Damian Lillard and Andre Drummond. But if it had gone that way, Green wouldn’t have such great stories to tell.