It was not a matter of fate; Draymond Green’s life from childhood was always tailored to the world of basketball. The American basketball pro has contributed his quota with an exceptional presence at the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Although he digressed a little to play football, it wasn’t long before Green discovered he was made for basketball. To dwell a little on his football diaries, Green played for the Michigan State Spartans football team at Michigan State University (MSU) and participated fully in the 2011 spring football game in green and white. Here are other facts you need to know about him.
Draymond Green, who attended Saginaw High School, didn’t need to blow his own trumpet after performing superbly in basketball. 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 school, Green went on to prove himself in the years to come. Saginaw’s leadership in his senior year climbed to a 27-1 record and finished 4th in 2008 on USA Today. His performance earned him much recognition, including the invitation to lead the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team. Green was placed 36th in ESPN 150.
Green continued his education in his native Michigan, where he already had a good base. While in college at MSU, he briefly studied the Michigan Spartans Football Team. He played for the Michigan State Spartans Men’s Basketball team, where he scored 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game throughout his freshman year. It rose to 9.9 points and 7.7 setbacks in all 37 appearances in his second year. He got better and better and by 2012 he had surpassed legendary basketball player Johnny Green as the second all-time recoiling leader. This was in his senior year when he dealt with 1,046 professional setbacks.
It was after his graduation year 2012 when the Golden State Warriors reached him. He was signed for a three-year, $2.6 million contract with the team. With his fast and furious skills, it was impossible for him to stay with this financial status. In the summer of 2015, Green won a prestigious championship for the team – the Warriors’ first NBA title in 40 years and sealed a five-year contract extension of $82 million.
Draymond Green’s Networth, Salary
Draymond’s first contact of $2.6 million was a good way to start a promising career like his. But his remarkable performance with the warriors brought him to higher notoriety, he rose to a higher pedestal, accompanied by a contract extension of five years for $82 million.
Green has a lot of endorsement deals with prestigious brands like Nike. All this, coupled with an enviable salary of over $15 million, results in an enviable fortune for the renowned player. However, he is a private individual and there is not much known about his finances.
Personal Life – Wife, Girlfriend, Baby
As we mentioned earlier, Draymond Green is quite private in his private life and doesn’t share much of it with the media. But since his triumphant arrival in the limelight, the curious media have sniffed endlessly for information about his private life. For this reason, there have been contradictory reports about the basketball player’s relationship/marital status.
Draymond has a girlfriend named Jelissa K. Hardy who had some gigs with him. Her virtual anonymity has led to contradictory stories of sources about her relationship with the player. Some sources have reported that she is his sister or a member of his family, but Jessica is his long-time girlfriend who is described by some sources as his wife due to the long-standing relationship. In fact, she appeared with Draymond at a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice event. She also made another appearance with him at the NBA D-League Showcase 2015.
The lovebirds aren’t married yet and if they finally decide to, it wouldn’t be surprised anymore but would calm the nerves of the fans waiting patiently for a wedding. Like Draymond, Jelissa attended Michigan State University and the same high school. We’re not sure, but it could be that the couple found their connection during school time. Jelissa had gone through thick and thin with the player, including his early days in basketball. The couple welcomed in December 2016 a little boy Draymond Jamal Green, Jr. 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 the basketball player is in a recent relationship with the actress Hazel Renee of ‘Empire’.
Family – Mom, Dad, Siblings
Draymond was born on 4 March 1990 as the son of his parents Mary Babers, his mother, and Wallace Davis, his father. The renowned player, whose parents divorced when he was very young, grew up with his mother after the separation. He then took his stepfather’s surname (green). However, Mary and Draymond’s stepfather, Raymond Green, divorced at the age of 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, played on 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 important facts about life. Mary Barbers, who burst into tears, was present alongside Julissa and other close allies when her son received a five-year $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Height, Weight, Measurements
Counting all his stunning baskets over the years was probably no big deal for the player standing at a height of 2.01 m (6ft, 7″). Green weighs 104 kg (230 lb) proportionally and carries a size 15 for his shoes.