On Every Title Quest, a Pivotal Figure

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who is even shorter than his listed 6 feet 7 inches, must contend with a lengthy Oklahoma City Thunder frontcourt.

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Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Season head-to-head: Warriors, 3-0

Series starts Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern

Draymond Green has become an heir apparent of sorts to Charles Barkley. People have long been intrigued by the idea that Barkley, listed at 6 feet 6 inches, was actually far shorter, which made his rebounding ability even more impressive. The same has proved true of Green, who, despite being listed at 6 feet 7 inches, typically plays power forward and moves to center in Golden State’s vaunted “death lineup.” His lack of height has turned into an atypical compliment.

The difference between Barkley and Green is that with Green, we know the rumors are true. At the 2012 draft combine, Green was measured at 6 feet 5.75 inches barefoot, and thickly soled shoes boosted him to 6 feet 7.5 inches.

The same combine measurements…

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