Draymond Green, last year's DPOY, says Kevin Durant is his Defensive Player of the Year to this point: "I'm not sure it's a race" pic.twitter.com/begOsBQ0IM
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 28, 2017
Durant is just happy that people are finally giving his defense the credit he thinks it deserves.
KD had three blocks Wednesday night—his 10th game in a row with multiple swats—in the Golden State Warriors’ 126-101 win against the visiting Utah Jazz.
“It’s cool that people are starting to recognize me for more than just a scorer,” Durant said. “I’ve been trying to shake that rap for about since 2012. So when people start to notice what you do, I mean obviously, it’s not all you do it for … but when fans watching the games, and anybody watching the game, you want them to see what you do. I try to impact the game as much as I can on both ends of the floor.”
Draymond Green, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was asked if Durant is a legitimate candidate to win the honor at the end of this season.
“I think he is, if not the leading candidate,” Green said. “I don’t think it’s really a race right now. The way he’s been playing on the defensive side of the ball, he’s been spectacular. It’s a thing now, which is impressive because it always seemed like it was impossible to be a thing, but he’s getting more and more attention for that and obviously he’s helping our defense tremendously with the way he’s playing on that side of the ball. So, if I had to vote, if I had a vote, I’ll vote for him right now.”