Who’s one of the best rising stars in the NBA?

He may not be a superstar like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is a superstar to the Dubs. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Dray is the heart and soul of the team. Green, who was the 35th pick in the 2012 draft by the Warriors, was born in Saginaw, Michigan on March 4, 1990.

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He played basketball at Michigan State University and majored in communications. He averaged 10.5 points shooting 49% from the field as a Spartan.

He is not afraid to take big shots even as a NBA rookie. On December 12, 2012 he made the winning lay-up with 0.9 seconds left in the Warriors’ 97-95 win over the defending champion Miami Heat. Green flourished his sophomore year, but was still severely underrated. He improved his 3-point shooting from 20% to 33% and his defense.

Currently in his third year with the Warriors, Green earned a spot in the starting line-up in place of the team’s injured forward David Lee. In the December 6th meeting against the Chicago Bulls, Green had a career high of 31 points. He finished as the runner-up for Defensive Player of the 2014-2015 Year, and was named to NBA All Defensive Team.

I will always love LeBron; however, Green has become my new favorite player. Watching him play is the reason why I aspire to be a sports broadcaster, but Green’s personality and toughness is something I’m in love with. I remember Green’s game winning shot over the Heat. I recall him being drafted. He is extremely outspoken and hilarious. You might remember the Warriors’ wonderful 2014 first-round playoff series against the Clippers, where he brought a sense of toughness to the Dubs. He can rebound, defend, assist, and score. He is a leader and brings everything you need. There is nothing he can’t do. He identifies himself as a Christian. His personality is great, you can see him interview and joke around with the Warriors new sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude during game days.

He wants and is working to build the media relations with players. He wants to be known for more than just an athlete and is very open and personable. He is very honest on Bleacher Report’s uninterrupted video series.

His relationship with his mom, Mary Babers-Green, is absolutely beautiful. She is a character herself, especially on Twitter. Green was my pick for both Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

Watching him start this year has been enjoyable and exciting. Guarding Memphis Grizzles’ big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph shows how impressive he is defensively. When his successful career is over, he might be my broadcasting colleague or a great coach. He signed a 3-year $2.6 million rookie contract back in 2012, I see him upgrading to a new contract with the Warriors something in the lines of 4 years/$35 million.

Former head coach Mark Jackson expressed, “He’s a leader, and he doesn’t care about tenure. He stepped in here as a leader, and that’s a leader’s mentality. Guys embrace him, because they realize he doesn’t just do it when he’s playing well and when we’re winning. He does it in the face of adversity… He’s cooling off opponent’s hottest (scorers), keeping a body on them, and making it tough on them. He’s rebounding and making plays offensively. He’s giving us a presence by playing with force. The guy is just a tremendous competitor.”

Check out his new commercial below on Bleacher Report. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2473210-draymond-green-stars-in-new-beats-by-dre-commercial

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