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Steve Kerr looks back to TV days to explain why Draymond Green was snubbed for DPOY

Kerr was once a voter for these individual awards and knows what goes on behind the scenes.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green talks to head coach Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr and Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has officially failed in his campaign for his second Defensive Player of the Year award, with Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart being named the winner on Monday. Head coach Steve Kerr still believes Green is one of the best defenders in the league. But he knows why the forward was ultimately snubbed for the coveted award.

Kerr looks back

Before he was named Warriors head coach, Kerr was a broadcaster for several years, and his voice was even featured in the NBA 2k video games. Kerr looked back on his tenure as a media man to explain why Green ultimately missed out on the award.

"I think it's strictly games played. I know a couple years when I was in TV, I had a vote for this stuff and games played for sure factors in. He was on course to win the award I think, for sure and then the injury unfortunately derailed that,” Kerr said, per NBC Sports.

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Green played a mere 46 games this season due to a left calf injury. Upon his return, Draymond actively campaigned for himself on his podcast and pretty much everywhere. This inevitably led to minor tiffs with Rudy Gobert, then the leading candidate for DPOY. Kerr knows what the DPOY trophy means to Green. But at the end of the day, the coach is satisfied that Green is well and healthy.

"Good news is he looks great out there right now and he's in a really good place. So he would rather win a game than a trophy -- and ultimately win a different kind of trophy -- but that's who Draymond is. But I know it would have meant a lot to him," Kerr said.


Interestingly, Green received two third-place votes and placed 10th in the voting. Note that only 11 players received votes. This could be good proof that despite Green’s prolonged absence, people still recognized the value and impact he brings to the Warriors’ defense. After all, this season has been tagged as the Warriors’ resurgence as title contenders, and Green has always been recognized as the team’s vocal leader and floor general.

The Warriors were out of the radar for two seasons due to a host of injuries to their core of Green, Curry, and Thompson. The front office, too, had to find the proper set of players who could fit into Kerr’s motion-heavy offense. This was a process that took some time and hard work. But given how quickly the Warriors rose to contention, it seems that everything went smoothly as planned.

Echoing Kerr’s sentiments, the ultimate goal for the Warriors is to win it all. He knows Green is pissed for missing out. But all pain will be washed away if they raise that Larry O’Brien trophy once again. 

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