With Monday night’s championship game in the books, the season-long race for the nation’s most-coveted statistically-based player of the year award has officially concluded. And it is my honor to announce that the 2012 kenpom.com Player of the Year is Michigan State senior Draymond Green. Against the fifth-most difficult defensive schedule in the country, Green posted a 107 offensive rating while using 29% of the Spartans’ possessions while he was on the floor, which included hitting 39% of his 3-point attempts and 47% of his 2-point attempts.
Green’s contributions, however, were spread across many categories. He was seventh in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage and finished in the top 400 nationally in steal rate and block rate, anchoring a defense that ranked third in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency. Offensively, Green was the best point-forward in the nation – he assisted on 24% of his teammates’ made field goals while he was on the court, the fourth-best assist rate among players standing 6-7 or taller.
Congratulations to Draymond Green, the 2012 kPOY. Green joins the 2011 winner, Jared Sullinger, in the pantheon of greats recognized as kPOY winners.
2012 kPOY final standings
1. Draymond Green, Michigan State, Sr. (kPOY rating = .564)
2. Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Jr. (.536)
3. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, So. (.514)
4. Anthony Davis, Kentucky, Fr. (.479)
5. Will Barton, Memphis, So. (.451)
6. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin, Sr. (.408)
7. Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, Sr. (.384)
8. Jae Crowder, Marquette, Sr. (.382)
9. Cody Zeller, Indiana, Fr. (.380)
10. Mike Scott, Virginia, Sr. (.379)