Draymond Green still can’t believe he wasn’t named one of the NBA’s top-five defenders last season.
The All-Star forward says he’s using the perceived snub as a motivating factor in 2018-19.
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
Green, 28, is driven to chase after his second career Defensive Player of the Year award.
Per the SF Chronicle:
“It’s important,” Green, who is set to miss his second preseason game Monday night with left knee soreness, said of being named DPOY this season. “I was second-team All-Defense (last season). That’s crazy. So, yeah, I’ve got to get that.”
Asked Monday if his placement on the All-Defensive Second Team last spring was a matter of voter negligence or his performance, Green conceded that it was “probably a little bit on me” before saying, “I don’t think any voter can tell me (there are) five defensive players better than me.”
Green then paused to make his point.