Golden State Warriors forward and resident funny guy Draymond Green placed second to Kawhi Leonard in Defensive Player of the Year voting this season, and he appeared to take it all in stride.
Green was philosophical about the whole thing, bringing up Al Gore’s infamous loss in the 2000 U.S. presidential election.
Draymond Green references Al Gore in explaining DPOY results http://t.co/m8UAJX9ZGG
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) April 23, 2015
Per the San Fran Chronicle:
The Warriors’ power forward got a league-high 45 first-place votes in results released Thursday, but was left off 42 of the 129 ballots filed by voters. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard had 37 first-place votes, 41 second-place votes and 25 third-place votes for 333 total points — 16 more than Green.
Still, the Warriors couldn’t be blamed for thinking they deserved more recognition. As the focal point of his team’s switch-heavy defense, Green placed fourth in individual defensive rating (97.2) and (Andrew) Bogut — as the anchor of the league’s best-rating defense (98.2 points per 100 possessions) — was second (96.8). […] “I’m not going to sit here and kill myself over not winning Defensive Player of the Year. We’ve got a bigger goal, and that’s winning a championship,” Green said at Thursday’s morning shootaround. “Kawhi is what we all strive to be. He’s a champion, so you can’t sit here and beat yourself up or worry about what happened. He’s a champion, and how can anybody complain about that?”
Green, who said he was “disappointed, but not angry,” averaged 1.6 steals, 1.3 blocked shots and 6.7 defensive rebounds. He has defended players at every position this season, but primarily defends the Western Conference’s loaded stable of power forwards: LaMarcus Aldridge, Davis, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Blake Griffin, Serge Ibaka, Dirk Nowitzki and Zach Randolph. […] Green was, however, upset at Bogut’s vote tally, saying it was a “mockery” that his teammate was listed on only 19 ballots and received 31 points. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who finished second to Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer for Coach of the Year on Tuesday, said he would have voted Green No. 1 and Bogut No. 2 — “Sorry Bogues,” he joked.