Draymond Green is one of the NBA most polarizing figures. He is loud, talks a lot of trash, and can get under the skin of both opponents and teammates. The Michigan State University alum is also one of the most skilled NBA players. As the Golden State Warriors won three championships in five seasons, Green served as the glue holding the team together.
Around NBA circles, the 29-year-old isn’t always viewed as a clutch athlete. Many players think he’s dirty, and his actions on the court often result in fines and suspensions. Here’s everything you need to know about Green’s career, including the staggering total of the fines he’s received since entering the NBA in 2013.
Draymond Green’s career
If you need a triple-double in a clutch game, your best bet will be Green in his prime. His career numbers won’t wow you. But Kevin Durant did put a stranglehold on Green’s offensive usage the last few seasons. Now Durant has gone to the Brooklyn Nets, so we expect the offense to run through Green as the Warriors look to capture their fourth championship.
The three-time All-Star won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017 after leading the league in steals. His game is a mix of Charles Barkley and Zach Randolph, two undersized NBA power forwards. For his career, Green has averaged nine points, seven rebounds and five assists per game.
Is Green a dirty player?
Draymond has kicked a player multiple times during a basketball game. Two of his most famous incidents include kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the Western Conference Finals and kicking LeBron James during the NBA Finals.
In both of these instances, Green proclaimed innocence, explaining that kicking his leg out was part of his shooting motion, a claim we’ve heard from other players who allegedly used underhanded tactics on the basketball court.
We haven’t seen Green get into any major physical fights with another player yet. But we think it is bound to happen at some point in his career. In fact, one of those low blows resulted in a suspension that altered the landscape of the NBA.
2016 NBA Finals: Suspension for Game 5
Green missed a game after he was suspended for getting into it with LeBron in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers were in a 3-1 hole but managed to gut out a victory. This led to an improbable comeback, becoming the first team in NBA history to win the finals after being down three games to one.
The outcome of this series was the final reason the Warriors needed to convince Kevin Durant to join their team. Durant made an instant impact and the Warriors won two more championships in the three seasons.
Green’s total amount of fines
Green has been fined nearly $750,000 over his NBA career. He’s also been suspended three times. His temperament calmed down somewhat over the last two seasons, but with the Warriors’ underdog mentality for the 2019–20 season, we may see a lot of the old Draymond Green.
Do you think Green has been fined too much?
After highlighting the high and low points of Green’s career, we were shocked to see he’d been fined nearly three-quarter of a million dollars during his career. If you want more news and notes surrounding the game’s best players, be sure to check out our NBA section.