Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: JaMychal Green


  • Measurables: 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, senior F from Alabama
  • Key Stats: 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game, 55 percent from the field
  • Projected: Second round
  • Hickory High Similarity Score

Why I’m intrigued by this guy

He’s big, will likely be available somewhere in the second round and one thing I like about SEC bigs is that they had to face Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. Green actually had his best performance of the season — 22 points and 12 rebounds — against Davis and Kentucky.

Pros for the Pistons

Green, as mentioned above, played in a good conference against good competition (including Davis and Festus Ezeli) and he’s a good defensive player. Like a lot of second round bigs, he’s fast, athletic, active and finishes around the basket, things that will compliment Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey well offensively. Defensively, he’s an OK shot-blocker and, though he’s only 6-foot-8, he does have a long wingspan.

Cons for the Pistons

Green was only an average rebounder in college, though reports on his performance at the Portsmouth Invitational suggest he looked much improved on the glass. He’s also going to have to add strength to guard stronger NBA bigs and, though he’s a good finisher, doesn’t have much of a NBA-ready post-up game yet.

What others are saying

Chad Ford:


Long, athletic forward
Solid athlete
Runs the floor well
Effective shot-blocker
Good finisher around the basket


Relies more on athleticism than skill
Needs to improve his jump shot
Still lacks strength


At the collegiate level he has turned himself into a good defender, being a key member on one of the better defenses in the country. He does a good job using his length when defending the post and rotates well to provide weakside help defense.

That being said, he has some physical limitations that make it difficult to project him as a plus defender at the next level. He lacks some lower body strength, which could present some difficulties when defending the post against bigger competition. He also doesn’t move all that well laterally, something that will be tougher to cover-up in the pick and roll heavy NBA landscape as he can struggle both in hedging the screens on pick and rolls and in rotating back.



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