Draymond Green’s place among NBA players from MSU becomes more defined

Draymond Green has four NBA championships to his name, as a key piece in the Golden State Warriors' run over the last eight seasons.

It’s Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Draymond Green. That’s the top of the list. The top two NBA players ever from Michigan State.

It’s been that way for a while. But Green’s fourth NBA championship with Golden State last week cemented his place there — ahead of notable Spartan NBA standouts like Zach Randolph and Steve Smith.

There are lots of ways to measure MSU’s greats. When I originally ranked the top 50 in 2014 — and every update of that list since — I’ve set the criteria as performance at MSU and program impact only. NBA careers and/or pro potential were irrelevant. Green, on that list, began 11th and is now 13th all-time in my book, sliding two spots to make room for Cassius Winston (3) and Denzel Valentine (7). Perhaps Green should climb on that list, too, because he continues impact the program, both financially and as an unwavering ambassador.

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