It was not a matter of fate; Draymond Green’s life from childhood has always been tailored to suit the world of basketball. The American professional basketball player has graciously contributed his quota with a presence exceptionally felt at the ‘Golden State Warriors’ of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Although he digressed a little to play football at a time, it didn’t take long before Green discovered he was made for basketball. To dwell a bit on his football diaries; Green played for ‘Michigan State Spartans’ football team of Michigan State University (MSU) and fully participated at the 2011 Green-White spring football game. Here are other facts you need to know about him
Draymond Green who attended Saginaw High School needed not blow his own trumpet, having exhibited excellence in the basketball game. Under his coach, Lou Dawkins he led the school to the Class A State Championship and a 26–1 record, among many other records. While this was in his junior year at the school, Green went further to prove himself in the coming years. Saginaw rose to a 27–1 record with his leadership during his senior year; as well as ranked No 4 by ‘USA Today’ in 2008. His feat earned him lots of recognition including an invitation to lead ‘Detroit Free Press’ All-State Dream Team. Green was ranked No. 36 in the ESPN 150.
Green continued his education in his birthplace Michigan where he already had a good base. While at college at MSU he briefly dabbled into football with the Michigan Spartans football team. He played for the Michigan State Spartans Men’s Basketball team where he recorded 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game throughout his freshman stint. It increased to 9.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in all 37 appearances in his sophomore year. He got better and better and in 2012, he was able to surpass the legendary basketballer Johnny Green as the second all-time rebounding leader. This was in his senior year when he finished with 1,046 career rebounds.
It was after his senior year in 2012 that the ‘Golden State Warriors’ got hold of him. He was signed on a three-year, $2.6 million contract with the team. With his fast and furious prowess, there was no way he would remain on that financial status. In the summer of 2015, Green won a prestigious championship for the team – the Warriors’ first NBA title in 40 years, sealing a five-year, $82 million contract extension with them.
Draymond Green’s Networth, Salary
Draymond’s first contact of 2.6 million dollars was a good way to start a promising career like his. But his remarkable feat with the Warriors pushed him to higher prominence, he rose to a higher pedestal, accompanied with a contract extension of five years for $82 million.
Green has got a lot of endorsement deals with reputable brands like Nike. All these, coupled with an enviable salary of over $15 million amount to an enviable net worth for the renowned player. He is, however, a private person and not much about his finances is known.
Personal Life – Wife, Girlfriend, Baby
As we mentioned earlier, Draymond Green is quite private with his personal life and does not share much of it with the media. But since his triumphant arrival on the limelight, the inquisitive media have sniffed endlessly for information about his private life. For this reason, there have been conflicting reports regarding the relationship/marital status of the basketballer.
Draymond has a girlfriend named Jelissa K. Hardy who has made a few appearances with him. Her virtual anonymity has led to contradicting stories by sources about her relationship with the player. Some sources have reported her to be his sister or a member of his family, but Jessica is his longtime girlfriend who due to the long spanned relationship, is now described as his wife by some sources. As a matter of fact, she appeared with Draymond at a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice event. She also made another appearance with him at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase.
The lovebirds are not married yet and if they eventually decide to, it would no longer be surprising, but rather, it would calm the nerves of fans who are patiently waiting for a wedding. Like Draymond, Jelissa attended Michigan State University, as well as the same high school. We are not sure, but it could be that the couple found their connection whilst in school. Jelissa has been with the player through thick and thin including his beginning days in basketball. The couple welcomed a baby boy Draymond Jamal Green, Jr. in December 2016. Jelissa also has a daughter Kyla Dior from another relationship.
Green is said to be dating another woman according to recent reports. Though not confirmed, sources say that the basketballer is in a new relationship with actress Hazel Renee of ‘Empire’.
Family – Mom, Dad, Siblings
Draymond was born on March 4, 1990, to his parents Mary Babers his mother, and Wallace Davis his father. The renowned player whose parents got divorced when he was very young grew up with his mother after the separation. He then took his step-father’s last name (Green). However, Mary and Draymond’s stepdad, Raymond Green got divorced when he was 12.
Draymond has five other siblings; two brothers – Torrian Harris and Braylon Green, and three sisters – LaToya Barbers, Jordan Davis, and Gabby Davis. One of his brothers, Torrian toed the basketball line for a while when he played for Nebraska-Omaha from 2009 to 2011.
Green is said to be very close to his mother, Mary Barbers who taught him salient facts about life. Mary Barbers who broke into tears was present alongside Julissa and other close allies when her son was awarded a five-year, $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Height, Weight, Measurements
Scoring all his mindblowing baskets over the years was probably not much of a big deal for the player who stands at a height of 2.01 m (6ft, 7″). Green proportionally weighs 230 lb (104 kg) and wears a size 15 for his shoes.