It’s been quite a few days stretch for a pair of former Michigan State standouts that are now rookies in their respective leagues.
Just days after Kirk Cousins was heroic in leading the Washington Redskins to an overtime victory over the Ravens, Golden State Warriors rookie Draymond Green made the game-winning basket in a 97-95 victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Green had seven points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks while logging a season-high 30 minutes as he helped the Warriors to their fifth straight win. Green has been making contributions for a Golden State squad that is 15-7 – one game behind the L.A. Clippers in the Pacific Division.The Warriors have the fifth best record in the Western Conference and the ninth-best overall in the NBA.
Reigning NBA MVP LeBron James complimented Green after the game.
“He played hard, it was great competition out there between me and him,” he said. “I’ve also respected him especially in college, a big-time player and no one really gave him a shot, but you can tell he knows how to play the game.
“Any team that got him he will find a way to get minutes because he knows how to play the game and (Golden State) is a good fit for him. It was good to see him out there.”
Green has played at least 19 minutes in each of the Warriors’ past four games. During that stretch he’s pulled down at least seven rebounds every game, including a season-high 10 against Brooklyn on Dec. 7.
And now looking to the future, now that Jabari Parker is set to announce his decision in a week, what are the chances you believe Izzo can land him?
There’s also 2014 MSU recruit Drake Harris, who has just three points in a 48-39 win over Rockford on Tuesday.