Watch Draymond Green List All 34 Players That Were Drafted Before Him in 2012

Bryan Brandom
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Though the top NBA draft picks get the most shine, there are almost always diamonds to be found in the rough that is the second round of the annual offseason event.

Just ask Draymond Green, the All-Star big man who wasn’t selected by the Golden State Warriors until the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Most second-rounders that pan out, and they are few, fall into one of two categories: raw athletes who end up honing their skills in the pros, or limited NBA athletes who end up overcoming their physical disadvantages through a mix of skill, smarts, and insane drive.

Green, a short power forward who’s not a particularly explosive leaper, falls into the latter category. One often-listed example of Green’s drive to succeed is that he can recite the names of all 34 players selected before him in 2012.

In a video shared by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Green proved that the story is not hyperbolic.

The way he nods when he says “HB” for Harrison Barnes seems to indicate this video was taken during the 2015-16 season or earlier.

Just five years into his career, Green is already one of the most successful second-round picks of all time, garnering two All-Star selections, two All-Defensive first teams, and two All-NBA nods, with the 2016-17 awards not yet released.

Green was the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up in back-to-back seasons before 2016-17, and is favored to claim the award this year.

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