Draymond Green was named a second-team All-Defense in the 2017-18 season and this afternoon he expressed his amazement at being left off the first team.
“I was second-team all-defense. That’s crazy…” he said, per Logan Murdock of the Bay Area News Group. “I don’t think any voter can tell me, five defensive players, better than me… I’ll wait.”
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the New Orleans Pelicans pair of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, Indiana Pacers wing Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia 76ers wing Robert Covington was included in the first-team selections.
Green was put on the second team alongside Sixers center Joel Embiid, Boston Celtics big man Al Horford, San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray and Minnesota Timberwolves wing Jimmy Butler.
Green’s defensive tenacity is well known and he’s been one of the truly elite defensive players in the NBA for the past couple of seasons. He won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the 2016-17 season. On top of that Green has been a first-team All-Defensive three times. For the past couple of seasons, Draymond is the best defensive player on the Golden State Warriors team and has helped them win three NBA championships.
Draymond Green: “I was second-team all-defense (last season). That’s crazy.”
Was that on you or the voters?
“Probably a little bit on me, but I don’t think any voter can tell me five defensive players better than me…I’ll wait.” pic.twitter.com/ol5ozooowk
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 8, 2018
When Draymond is on the floor the Warriors have the NBA’s ninth-best defensive rating (104.20).
Draymond missed 12 games last season battling injuries throughout the season. With Green present on the floor, the Warriors allowed 103.7 points per 100 possessions. When he is not on the court, the percentage goes to 104.9 points allowed per 100 possessions.
A lot of things Draymond does don’t show in the stat sheet. It seems he is yet again motivated to prove he is the best defensive player in the NBA in the upcoming season.
Draymond was not at the top of his game last season, but it seems he is motivated to prove he is still the best defensive player in the NBA when he focuses. Defensive impact can’t always be seen through stats, but anyone who saw him play knows how many times he makes the Warriors defense the machine they are.