This year's MVP race is one of the tightest and most extensive we have seen in recent years. So many players are playing on an elite level that you can make a case for multiple guys. From the obvious choices like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokić, or Giannis Antetokounmpo to some sleeper picks like DeMar DeRozan or Chris Paul. One name that definitely wasn't in the conversation is Draymond Green, but recently Jazz coach Quin Snyder and Draymond himself have presented a case for the Warriors forward.
Snyder shares high praise for Draymond
The game between the Warriors and the Jazz the other day in Salt Lake City was a true showdown between some of the best teams in the West. The Warriors arrived shorthanded, missing Draymond Green, but that didn't stop them from snatching a close win in Utah. After the game, Jazz coach Quin Snyder shared some praise for Draymond Green despite him not playing, putting him into the MVP conversation:
"I think If you want to put someone in the MVP conversation, he's someone to me... Maybe the numbers don't match up to some of the numbers that some other guys put up...He just does it his way."
Quin Snyder, Mark Haynes Twitter
Draymond responds to Snyder's comments
The Warriors have crushed everybody's expectations coming into the season, and they will only get better with Klay Thompson and James Wiseman returning soon. A huge part of that has been Draymond Green returning to his old form. The numbers might not be flashy, averaging 8.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.7 apg, 1.4 SPG, and 1.3 bpg on 54,3% from the floor, but that is the story of Green's career.
Classic all-around numbers, but Draymond's impact is felt in every aspect of the Warriors' dominance. From controlling the defensive side of the floor to setting up his teammates, making the right reads, and even scoring efficiently. That has allowed Golden State to increase the confidence of their role players and have probably the deepest rotation in the league, sitting firmly at the top of the league with a 29-7 record.
Draymond heard Snyder's praise and agreed with the Jazz head coach:
"I agree with him, and I think that's someone who sees the game for what it is...I don't think it could have been explained any better...The things I do to impact winning, I think there's something to be said for that."
Draymond Green, Mark Haynes Twitter
I think putting Draymond in the MVP conversation is pretty far-fetched. There is no denying Green is an integral part of the Warriors and the unsung hero that does all the little things essential for winning basketball. Draymond will probably be rewarded with an All-Star appearance and the DPOY award, which is impressive by itself, but going for MVP might just be a bit too much. Still, it's nice to have confidence and boost your image, which has always been Draymond's forte.