Golden State Warriors are already pushing for Draymond Green to win an individual honour, 14 games in and they’re looking at him to claim the Defensive Player of the Year.
“I hope he wins [Defensive Player of the Year],” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Monday’s 120-83 win over the Indiana Pacers. “We’re well aware of how great (San Antonio Spurs forward) Kawhi Leonard is. And it’s one of those votes that the last couple years could have gone either way, but I would love to see Draymond rewarded for his efforts.”
Kevin Durant weighed in as well.
“Why not? That’s my teammate. He’s covering a lot of ground for us guarding one through five,” he said. “Rebounding, blocking shots, he’s doing it all. That stuff is a popularity contest, so my campaign starts now: Draymond Green for Defensive Player of the Year. So hopefully you guys realize what he does on the court, the small things that go into being a great defender.”
The power forward finished runner up to Spurs Kawhi Leonard two seasons in a row and is hoping to claim the award this season.
“That’s something that I want to win, and if there’s anything I’ve ever been selfish about, it’s that award,” Green said. “Like, I want that award.”
He entered Monday’s game in the top 10 in steals (2.2) and blocks (1.7). At 6-foot-8, he anchors the defense and does it in dominant fashion.
“I know he’s talked about going after that award, but he’s does it night in and night out with his effort,” Steph Curry said, “so I like his chances for sure.”