Warriors star Draymond Green is a proven NBA champion with one of the highest IQs in the game, but he’s also shown an ability to be solid in-studio, as a guest analyst on TNT with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal on Inside The NBA.
Basically he’s got it all, from his on-court presence as an All-NBA caliber player with a bevy of experience on championship teams, bottom feeders and everything in between, to his charismatic and demonstrative demeanor.
It’s now being rumored that ESPN is targeting the loquacious Green for “NBA Countdown” — but with him being a current player he’d only be available on occasion.
Via The New York Post:
ESPN also has interest in Draymond Green, but, as an active player, the Warriors forward would only be available on occasion. Green has done work for TNT.
Green brings a swagger and braggadocious attitude, at times, and he’s never afraid to mouth off when appropriate. Draymond also talks to any and everyone around the NBA. NBA players feel comfortable speaking with Green.
In return, he’s never afraid to speak his mind, albeit angrily, happily, passionately, intelligently, or with whatever emotion the situation calls for. His IQ for the game is on par with guys like LeBron and CP3.
And how can we forget Dray’s outfits. His fashion sense is on par with the late great Craig Sager. Green’s hot takes are also pretty legendary, as he’s not afraid to take that occasional subtle jab at his own team.
Who can forget when he gave the Nets with KD, Harden and Kyrie the ultimate compliment.
“The Nets offense is the best display of offense we will probably ever see in this league,” Green said, totally discounting the high-octane, record-breaking Dynasty Warriors clique that he was an integral part of.
But that’s Draymond. You can count on him to spit some bars if handed a microphone and his lyrics won’t always rub people the right way.
Green is just 31 years old, with a few years left on his deal and while Steph Curry is the franchise player, Green is the heart and soul of the organization, so Golden State Warriors fans shouldn’t be worried about him jumping ship to the broadcast booth or ESPN roundtable just yet.
After winning a gold medal with Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, Green is prepping for a return to the playoffs during the 2020-21 campaign. Green is also looking forward to an improved offensive season as he averaged just seven points on 44.7% shooting from the floor, but did lead the team with 8.9 assists and 7.1 rebounds per contest. The Michigan State product also earned a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
But he does excel at this hoops thing and when he’s done playing he’ll be able to make an easy transition to the booth if he so chooses.
In the wake of Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols’ departures, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Adrian Wojnarowski are the incumbents, with Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Chiney Ogwumike as possible candidates to also join the show.