The Golden State Warriors ace, Draymond Green, has been in the league for over a decade; however, his unprofessional style of play hasn’t changed. On Tuesday, the 33-year-old displayed another instance of bad on-court behavior when he smacked Jusuf Nurkic in the face after the Phoenix Suns player appeared to make contact with him, resulting in his ejection.
With the evidence of his most recent ejection, it is pertinent we delve into his total career game ejections since he was drafted in 2012, in the wake of a looming NBA indefinite suspension for the Warrior’s forward.
How many career ejections does Draymond Green have?
Draymond Green has played 930 games for the Golden State Warriors, combining regular season and playoffs, over his 12-year NBA career. Out of these numbers, the forward got ejected from 19 of these games, holding the record for the most ejections among active players and ranking second all-time, just behind Rasheed Wallace (27).
The ejection record started on Nov 23, 2013 and Draymond was ejected for a role in the fight between the Warriors and Blazers. On December. 25, 2013, Green was ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin in the head, Feb. 15, 2017. Green got ejected for arguing a call in a win over the Kings, Oct. 27, 2017. Later he was ejected for a scuffle with Bradley Beal, Dec. 30, 2017.
Green was also ejected for two soft technical against the Grizzlies. On Feb. 6, 2018, Draymond Green got ejected too for throwing the ball in an official’s direction. A year later, on Feb. 8, 2019, the forward was again ejected for two technical fouls in a win over the Suns.
He became the first player to be ejected from Chase Center, on Nov. 11, 2019. A few months later, on Jan. 4, 2020, Draymond Green got ejected after mocking the referee’s technical foul call. After a few games, Green on Feb. 27, 2020, was ejected which got the Lakers bench laughing at him.
On Feb. 20, 2021, he costs the Warriors a game with his last-second ejection. Draymond was ejected again on March 20, 2022, for directing profane language towards our referee. One month later on May 1, 2022, Green got his first career playoff ejection in the Warriors’ second-round game 1 matchup against the Grizzlies in the 2022 Game.
Despite all these ejections, Draymond Green wasn’t shy of adding more ejections to the previous stats. On Dec. 14, 2022, Green was ejected for arguing calls against the Pacers. However, on Jan. 4, 2023, Green got ejected for trying to play a peacemaker role in the Warriors’ loss to the Detroit Pistons.
At the same time, he received his second post-game ejection for stomping on Domantas Sabonis on April 17, 2023. He also on Nov. 11, 2023, got ejected for getting into a burst-up with Donovan Mitchell just days after. On Nov. 15, 2023, Green faced ejection for putting Rudy Gobert in a chokehold.
Just after a few games since he returned from the 5-game suspension, he faced another ejection on Dec.12, 2023 for hitting Jusuf Nurkic in the face, making it the 19th time Draymond Green has been ejected in his career.
Details on Draymond Green’s NBA Suspension
After the incident that led to the latest ejection of Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in the matchup against the Suns, there were reports suggesting that the forward might receive an indefinite suspension from the NBA. Adrian Wojnarowski stated, “The NBA will suspend Draymond Green INDEFINITELY.”
On Wednesday, the NBA declared an indefinite suspension for Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green. This action followed Green’s striking of Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face during Tuesday night’s game. The league’s Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars, made the suspension announcement within 24 hours of the incident.
According to an NBA statement, “Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been suspended indefinitely for striking Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkić in the face.” This announcement was made on Wednesday by Joe Dumars, the “Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations.” The decision takes into account “Green’s repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts.”
The incident took place with 8:23 left in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 119-116 defeat against the Suns on December 12 at Footprint Center. Green received a Flagrant Foul 2 and was ejected.
Green’s suspension will begin immediately. Despite an apology from Green, the NBA stated that Green will be required to meet certain league and team conditions before he returns to play going forward in his career.