Draymond Green, a three-time National Basketball Association All-Star, is clearly a basketball phenomenon. He's been with San Francisco's Golden State Warriors since 2012.
Draymond Green's Net Worth
Draymond Green's 2019 net worth is estimated at $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Green chose in August 2019, despite tons of accolades and a potential to earn even more money per season on another team, to stay with the Warriors, signing a $100 million, four-year extension to his contract, which had another year to go.
Since this season Green is on tap to earn $18.5 million, the contract extension's maximum starting salary is $22.2 million. With 8% salary raises each season during the extension, he'll receive $99.7 million through the 2023-24 season, according to Forbes magazine.
So his extension was about $50 million less than he could have earned as a free-agent.
Middle School and High School
Draymond Green was born March 4, 1990. He grew up in Saginaw, Mich., and played basketball at Saginaw Central Middle School. Coaches in the area already knew he was big and liked to rebound as well as play up front, from seeing him in the American Athletic Union games.
At Saginaw High School, he didn't play on the varsity team until his sophomore year, spending his freshman year on the freshman team.
On the varsity team, however, under coach Lou Dawkins, Green found his game.
As a sophomore Green averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds on the Saginaw High varsity. He averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds as a junior.
Green led Saginaw High's Trojans to two state championships, scoring 27 points with eight rebounds and seven assists in the 2007 state championship, leading the Trojans past Detroit Redford 79-57.
In the 2008 championship, as a senior, he scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 69-49 semifinal win over East Lansing, and then followed it up with 21 points and 19 rebounds to beat Detroit Pershing 90-71.
The 2008 Saginaw High School team went 27-1 and finished the season ranked fourth in the country by USA Today.
At Michigan State University
In November 2007, Green signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan State University. He majored in communications.
As a freshman for Michigan State's Spartans in 2008-09, Green averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, appearing in 37 games off the Spartan bench. During the Spartan's run to the championship game in the 2009 NCAA tournament, Green averaged 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, ranking fourth on his squad in scoring and second in rebounding while shooting a team-best .679 from the field in the tournament.
As a sophomore in 2009-10, he appeared again in 37 games, with three starting assignments, averaging 9.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. According to Michigan State, he became the first player in the team's history to be named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, winning it by unanimous vote. He also was the recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts awards. He also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors and, twice, scored a season-high 19 points, against Oakland and University of Texas-Arlington.
His average kept improving. As a junior in 2010-11, he averaged 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He entered legend territory on Feb. 10, 2011, when he followed alumni Charlie Bell and Magic Johnson becoming the third Michigan State men's basketball player to record a "triple-double" - accumulating 10 or more double-digit totals in three of five statistical categories including assists, rebounds, points, steals and blocked shots -- in a single game.
He recorded his second triple-double of the season and the seventh in NCAA tournament history in the Spartan loss against UCLA in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division Basketball Tournament. He went on to earn third-team All-Big Ten honors for a second year.
In 2011-12, his senior year, Green captained the team to a regular season Big Ten championship and Big Ten Tournament championship. The Trojan's 2011-12 regular season record was 24-7 and a 13-5 mark in Big Ten play. Green was named Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the week four times that season - an achievement no other Spartan player has won. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year by coaches and media in March of 2012, and was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. Also that March, he passed Johnny Green as the second all-time rebounding leader of the Spartans, finishing the game with 1,046 career rebounds.
The same month, he recorded his third career triple-double, against LIU-Brooklyn in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. That made him the third player, with Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson before him, in NCAA history to have two career triple-doubles in the NCAA tournament.
The same month, in a loss to Louisville, Green collected 16 rebounds. That brought him to 1,096 career rebounds with the Spartans - the most in the team's history, ahead of Greg Kelser. Green ended his Spartan career one of three players in Michigan State history with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Draymond Green and the Warriors
Green was a 35th round draft choice by the Golden State Warriors in 2012. His first contract was a three-year, $2.6 million deal with the team.
Green's NBA debut was the Warrior's season opener Oct. 31 against the Phoenix Suns. He played one minute, made one defensive rebound, and committed one foul. He received more playing time in subsequent games, particularly after Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson were injured. He was playing 15-20 minutes per game by Nov. 22, and by Dec. 9, with Green gaining a bigger role on the team, the Warriors had won 8 of 10 games. On Dec. 12, Green made the winning layup with 0.9 second left in the Warrior's 97-95 win, defeating the defending champion Miami Heat.
Green helped the Warriors win the first round of the NBA playoffs in six games. He started in game 2 of the second-round series, against the San Antonio Spurs, and the Warriors won 100-91 -- their first victory in San Antonio since the 1996-97 season. The Spurs went on to win the series 4-2.
In his second season with the Warriors Green lost 20 pounds in the off-season and showed improvement in 3-point shooting and defense. Green tipped a missed shot by Stephen Curry Dec. 1, giving the Warriors a 113-111 lead over the Sacramento Kings with 28.7 seconds left. On Dec. 25 Green was ejected in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers for committing a Flagrant 2 foul on the Clippers' forward Blake Griffin, and was fined $15,000 for "failing to leave the court in a timely manner" after being ejected. Late that season, Green filled in as power forward for injured player David Lee, who was out indefinitely. In the Warriors second-to-last game of the regular season Green recorded a career-high 20 points and career high-tying 12 rebounds off the bench to help the Warriors defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 130-120. Green played in all 82 games of the 2013-14 season, with 12 starts, averaging 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He also played in all seven of the Warriors' first-round playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers, though the Warriors lost the series 4-3.
Power Forward David Lee was out of the lineup with an injury at the beginning of the next season, 2014-15, so Green was promoted to starting lineup. Green averaged 13.6 points per game over the first seven games of the season, as the Warriors fell to a 5-2 record, losing two games in a row in November. The Warriors went on a 16-game winning streak with Green's help, as he averaged 13.3 points per game, including a career-high 31 points in a 112-102 win over the Chicago Bulls in December.
In a 126-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in January 2015, Green recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. He wound up runner-up in both Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player awards. In the NBA Finals, Green capped off his season with a triple-double in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, playing center in place of Andrew Bogut. He became only the sixth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game, joining Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, James Worthy, Tim Duncan and LeBron James.
In July 2015, Green re-signed with the Warriors. He signed a five-year, $82 million contract, averaging $16.4 million a year.
That season, he also helped the Warriors record their first-ever 10-0 start with averages of 11.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, a team-high 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. In November, against the Los Angeles Lakers, he recorded 18 points and 7 rebounds as the Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0. A mere three days later, on Nov. 27, in a 135-116 win over the Phoenix Suns, he recorded his third career triple-double. He got 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. But he wasn't done. His fourth career triple-double came the next day, against the Sacramento Kings. He became the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964.
By Dec. 11, in a 124-119 double-overtime win over the Boston Celtics, Green was the first player since Nicolas Batum in 2012 to record five or more in all five major statistical categories. In just under 50 minutes of playing, he recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks. This feat increased the Warrior's unbeaten winning streak to start the season to 24-0. The following day, however, the Milwaukee Bucks broke the Warrior's winning streak. The Warriors lost their first game of the season 108-95, despite Green's 24-point, 11-rebound effort.
A month later Green was the second Warriors player to ever post three straight triple-doubles, in a 111-101 home win over the Charlotte Hornets. The first was Tom Gola in 1959-60. Green was named a Western Conference All-Star reserve for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.
By March 27, he posted his franchise-best 12th triple-double of the season when the Warriors won over the Philadelphia 76ers. In a win over the Utah Jazz three days later, Green became the first player in NBA history to record in a single season 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks.
At the end of the regular season, Green was chosen to be on the All-NBA Second Team. He also finished as a runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year award, and was named to the All-Defensive Team with the second-most votes. Breaking Gola's team record of nine triple-doubles in a season in 1959-60, Green was second in the league with his 13 triple-doubles in the season, behind Russell Westbrook's 18. His 13 triple-doubles were the most by a non-guard in the National Basketball Association since Grant Hill got 13 in the 1996-97 season.
The following season, 2016-17, Green opened with an 18-point, 12-rebound effort in October against the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors started the season 14-2 before Green was sidelined with a left ankle injury for the team's Minnesota Timberwolves game in November. Green came back, after missing just the one game, and had a season-best game Dec. 1 against the Houston Rockets, scoring 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. But the Warriors lost the game against the Rockets 132-127 in double overtime. On Dec. 13, Green recorded his 15th career triple-double, with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, along with four steals, against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 113-109 in that game. A little later, on Jan. 2, Green recorded his second triple-double of the season, scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists as the team defeated the Denver Nuggets, 127-119. By Jan. 16, he recorded his third triple-double of the season, scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. That effort resulted in a 126-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Green was named Western Conference All Star reserve for the 2017 NBA All-Star game.
Green scored only four points, but finished with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the Feb. 10 defeat of the Memphis Grizzlies. Green's triple-double was the first in NBA history with fewer than 10 points scored, and was the second in NBA history with at least 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a game. Green also became the first player in NBA history to record 10 steals and five blocks in a game since the 1973-74 season. The 10 steals by Green also set a Warriors record and was the first 10-steal game in NBA since Brandon Roy's in 2009.
That season, the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the third straight season, and became the first team in NBA history to go 12-0 into the playoffs. The Warriors won their second championship in three years, with a 4-1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. Green that year was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year - the first in Warriors history.
The Warriors' 2017-18 season was similar, resulting in a third NBA Championship, again against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Injuries plagued Green, beginning with a sore knee during the preseason of the 2018-19 season. He played unhindered the first 10 games of the season. But in a Nov. 5 game against the Mephis Grizzlies, he was limited to under 14 minutes playing time, because of a bruised right foot. He missed the next two games because of a sprained right toe, and returned Nov. 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers. A heated argument during and after the game between Green and Kevin Durant, over Durant's coming free-agency status led Green to being suspended for the Warriors' game the next day against the Atlanta Hawks.
Green played against the Houston Rockets, but missed the subsequent 11 games with the same sprained toe on his right foot. Green scored seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 116-108 win Dec. 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He managed a season-high 15 rebounds in the 126-118 Jan. 24 win against the Washington Wizards. For the post-season, he tied Magic Johnson for the second-most triple-doubles in a single postseason in NBA history -- six.
Draymond Green's Contract: How Much Does He Have Left?
Green signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension on Aug. 3, 2019, to stay with the team, deciding to forgo potential millions of dollars more if he became a free agent the following year when his contract was to expire.
He'd signed his second professional contract in July 2015, for $82 million. He had one more season at about $18.5 million before the original contract would expire, when he signed the extension.
The reason, some argue, he could have made more, is because his extension was capped at 120% of his previous year's maximum earnings. Green is on tap to earn $18.5 million, the contract extension's maximum starting salary is $22.2 million. With the 8% salary raises each season during the extension, he'll receive $99.7 million through the 2023-24 season, according to Forbes.
But, had he waited until his original contract was to expire, his extension could have been about $50 million more if he'd have become a free agent, critics argued at the time.
Draymond Green's Endorsements
As of March 2017, the last time for which it can be verified, Green was making an estimated $4 million off the court in endorsement deals with Nike, (NKE) - Get NIKE, Inc. (NKE) Report Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report and others, according to Forbes.
Green has investments as well as endorsements.
In February 2018, he formed a partnership with Blink Fitness to open 20 "value based" fitness centers around the country. He also has investments in nutrition supplement Performance Inspired, and boxing fitness boutique Rumble.
He's also a partner in LeBron James' media platform Uninterrupted, but likes fitness investment.
And he donated to his alma mater, Michigan State University, with a $3.1 million pledge to renovate the school's athletic facilities.