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Draymond Green Is Number One In This Terrible Defensive Statistic


The Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green is one of the most impactful players in the NBA, especially on the defensive end. Some argue that it's Steve Kerr's system that makes Green n All-Star caliber player, but it's also possible that a player such as Draymond Green is what makes the Warriors so good (excusing Steph Curry's skillset.)

Green was so good on the defensive end last season that he won the Defensive Player of the Year award, with averages of 2 steals and 1.4 blocks a game for Golden State, on top of his 7.9 rebounds per contest as a 6'7 power forward.


However, a Reddit user by the name of tony_delk has uncovered something shocking regarding Green's defensive numbers so far this season.

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Out of players who qualify with a minimum of 25 shots defended at the rim so far this season, Draymond Green leads the NBA with a league-worst 75% opponent field goal percentage at the rim, defending 28 shots at the hoop across 6 games.

For the reigning DPoY, this stat is very surprising, as players trying to shoot over Draymond are making them at a clip higher than when shooting over any other rim protector.

For comparison, both Nikola Jokic and Nikola Vucevic round out the top 3 with 72.7% oFG% and 71% oFG% respectfully, two players who aren't known for their rim-protecting capablities.

The Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins is the best among players with 25+ contests, opponents only shooting 42.4% over the center.

Obviously this stat has it's flaws this early on in the season, but to see a player so highly-touted as a defensive extrodinaire leading the league is shocking nonetheless.