How Michigan State’s former players fared in the NBA this season

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March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates after making a three-point basket against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1. Draymond Green, SF, Golden State Warriors

Last but certainly not least, Draymond Green has been the talk of the NBA this season not just because of his numbers, but because he has become the total package and a guy who many teams, including the Pistons, will be chasing this offseason when he becomes a free agent. Green, alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, has helped form one of the most formidable ‘big threes’ in the NBA today.

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  • In fact, the Warriors have been very successful this year with Green starting, and starring, at small forward, averaging 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is third on the team in scoring and first in rebounds per game. He also averages the third-most points per game on the best team in the NBA as Golden State finished the season with an NBA-best record of 67-15.

    It’s safe to say Green became an overnight sensation and everyone in the league is taking notice.

    After not contributing much his rookie year, 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes, he improved a bit in his second year in the league — 6.2 points and 3.9 boards in 21.9 minutes.

    It wasn’t until this year that people started to realize he has true star potential. Green came out of MSU as a collegiate superstar and a guy that everyone thought would fizzle away in the NBA because he was a bit of a tweener.

    That hasn’t been the case.

    Green has posted career-highs in basically every category this year and he has helped lead the Warriors to the top of the Western Conference. If there was one former MSU player to be excited about in the future, it’s Day Day.

    I mean, we all knew how good he was at basketball, but the rest of the league didn’t start taking notice until recently. Let’s hope the rumors are true and he wants to come play for his hometown Pistons. As any Detroit Pistons fan knows, there isn’t a lot to be excited about anymore.

    And that, folks, has been the first ever edition of Spartans in the NBA for Spartan Avenue.

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