Before the 2012 NBA Draft, few could've envisioned Draymond Green turning into an All-Star and one of the best players in the league, which is why he was drafted 35th overall. Green was seen as a classic "tweener" back then, too small to play the center position and too big for the small forward role. He has since proven those skeptics and critics wrong by becoming one of the better overall big men in the league.
But that draft slight and other general criticism has put a chip on Green's shoulder, and he still hasn't forgotten about the 34 other players that were drafted ahead of him. In fact, Green has memorized the names and teams of the 34 picks before him in the 2012 NBA Draft and without looking at a sheet of paper, he can accurately recite them.
"Eight was Toronto: Terrence Ross ...
"Sixteen was Houston: Royce White ...
By the time he's done, Green has reeled off the names of all 34 players selected ahead of him and the corresponding team.
"I will never forget that night," he said. "I had to wait all that time. I'm not saying I'm cocky or anything, but I felt like I had to wait behind guys I was better than.
"And I think I've proven it."
Not only is that just awesome and impressive, it shows how much of an impact Green's second round selection had on him. Even after he has shown that he should've been drafted much higher, Green still lets his second-round selection fuel his intensity and continues to play with a chip on his shoulder because of it.
This is, of course, how Green is wired as a person, and if he ever makes it to the Hall of Fame, much like Michael Jordan, he surely will have a speech that calls out all his critics. And much like Jordan's speech, it will be amazing.