Michigan State Alum Draymond Green Shouts Out “OG Spartan Dawg”, Reminding Fans of Ex-Teammate’s “Era”

Published 11/23/2023, 10:51 PM EST

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Draymond Green has made quite a name for himself around the league. While some may hate him and his on-court actions, Dub Nation fans, and many others, love the grit and intensity he brings to the floor. So, for Green to give a shout-out to someone who isn’t even in the NBA speaks volumes.

The Michigan State alum and the second-round draft gem of the Golden State Warriors just reminded fans of an ex-teammate of his from his college days. An ex-teammate whom he referred to as his ‘OG Spartan Dawg.’

Draymond Green gives a shout-out to a college teammate


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Draymond Green isn’t one to give shout-outs to players who are not his teammates. Even when it comes to the people he plays with, fans aren’t privy to seeing Green shower them with praise. But the fact that Green took to Instagram to give a shout-out to Travis Walton goes to show what he meant to Green. Moreover, the type of player Walton was back in his college days.

Draymond Green shared a post on Michigan State Basketball’s official Instagram account. The post featured three former players; Steve Smith, Brandon Wood, and Travis Walton, who were all in attendance for a Spartan game.

Though Green was not in attendance, he made sure to remind fans which era he belonged to. Green shared the post on his IG stories with the caption, “My OG Spartan Dawg.” He followed that with, “I came in during the Travis Walton era… I’m always amused when people act like they forget.”

Green’s college career with Walton


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Draymond Green was not a starter at Michigan State for the first two, yet he took the role of being the team’s sixth man quite seriously. But by the second year of his college career, Green was a familiar face in the starting lineup for the Spartans. Travis Walton was the starting guard for the Michigan State Spartans from his second year with the team. Both Green and Walton had to prove it to make it to the starting lineup to their coach.

And over time, they developed a close bond and friendship that translated into something beyond the court. It does speak volumes for Green to give a shout-out to someone from his college days. The exact indication of what Green was aiming for is something we leave it to you to infer.


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