One of the most hated and controversial players ever, but is Draymond Green also the best defender ever? According to himself, he absolutely is.
Per The Athletic:
“The best ever defender?” Green said after the Warriors held Portland to 46 points on 38.5 percent shooting in the second half in Thursday’s 114-111 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
The best defender ever?
“Me.” Green punctuated his declaration with a nod as he strutted out of the locker room with a smile. But he wasn’t joking. “That’s what I believe. Wholeheartedly.”
As a 4x All-NBA defensive first-team player and a 2017 defensive player of the year, he certainly has a case. Despite being limited on the offensive end, Draymond is a crucial member of the Warriors' dominance. He can defend all 5 positions, sets the tone on defense, and is willing to do whatever it takes to stop his opponents.
True, Green is far from a perfect player -- but he makes an impact on the court like few others can replicate. At the very least, his defensive GOAT claims have to be considered.