Draymond Green is one of the best defenders in the NBA and last season he was second, behind the best defender Kawhi Leonard.
But, Green wants to win that award. He has 2.1 steals (more than Stephen Curry, Ricky Rubio or John Wall) and 1.8 blocks per game.
The 25-year-old, 6-foot-8 forward, is the shortest shot-blocker in the NBA’s top 15.
“That’s something that I want to win,” Green told ESPN in an exclusive interview this week. “And if there’s anything I’ve ever been selfish about, it’s that award. Like, I want that award.”
“That doesn’t bother me to say I’m selfish in that regard. I want that award bad,” Green reiterated to ESPN. “And that’s because I view myself as a defender. It’s like if I view myself as a scorer then I want to win the scoring title. If I am a scorer and I say I’m a scorer and that’s what I do, I want to win the scoring title because it says I was the best in this year at what I do. So that is something that I want to win.”
He said he doesn’t feel he was robbed of the award in previous years; he said he just has to step up his game.
“Do I view anything as a snub? That’s not for me to view or for me to judge, because at the end of the day, Kawhi Leonard is a great defender,” Green said. “It’s one thing if somebody [inadequate] won and I’m like, ‘Hold on. Now I feel snubbed.’ To say you feel snubbed by Kawhi Leonard winning the Defensive Player of the Year is a bit much.”
If we check the history of the Defensive Player of the Year Award, we could see that in the last 25 years only Kevin Garnett won (2007-08) on the power forward position.
I know, Draymond can defend bigger players and is capable of keeping up with smaller players, but he will compete again to win this award with Kawhi Leonard, Hassan Whiteside and maybe Chris Paul (underrated defender).