The Golden State Warriors’ Swiss Army Knife Draymond Green knows what it takes to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Green ran away with the accolade last season, collecting 73 out of 100 first-place votes to be named DPOY of the 2016-17 season, beating out the likes of Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard.
Green led the league in steals with 2.0 per game last season, as well as collecting 1.4 blocks per contest as a 6’7 power forward, so it’s no wonder Green is touted as the driving engine behind the Golden State Warriors for the past few seasons.
When it comes to this season, however, Draymond doesn’t seem to be in the race for the DPOY award even though his averages haven’t taken a major dip. You know who is in the Defensive Player of the Year award race though? Draymond’s teammate Kevin Durant, and Green isn’t going to let anyone forget it.
When asked if KD deserved to be in the race for the award, Green said that Durant is leading the race, and it’s not even close.
Draymond Green thinks Kevin Durant will run away with the Defensive Player of the Year award. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/HrzR1EOasP
— Fadeaway World (@FadeawayWorld) December 28, 2017
Green’s not wrong either. KD is averaging a career-high in blocks per game with a massive 2.3 rejections per contest, far and away the best rim-protector on Golden State’s squad, and isn’t too bad on the perimeter either, stealing the ball 0.8 times a game so far this season.
With Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gobert and even Green himself all taking time out for injuries this season, Green may be entirely correct when he says the race for the DPOY award isn’t really a race at all.