The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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24) Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green ranks as arguably the most unique player to make the cut. Green was selected 34th overall by the Warriors back in 2012 and it initially seemed as though he would be a fringe player in the NBA given his skill set. Coming out of Michigan State, Green was highly regarded as a defender and playmaker but at 6'7, he was undersized as a power forward.

Fortunately, he landed in the perfect spot and after two seasons, he carved out a full-time role in their starting lineup and thrived playing alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. While he only averaged 9.1 points in the decade, his versatility helped unlock Golden State's full potential. His strength allowed him to defend bigger players, while his length and mobility helped him guard on the perimeter.

He could even grab and go, allowing the Warriors to push the pace and run teams off the court with their explosive offense. They were especially effective with Green at the center, causing matchup nightmares. With Green as their wildcard, the Warriors went to five straight NBA Finals between 2014–2015 and 2018–2019 and won three championships.

Overall, while Green's decade averages of 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 533 games may not jump off the screen, he was key to the most dominant team of that era and that's more than deserving of a spot on this list.