Draymond Green is one of the best defensive players in the league, and he is the anchor of the Golden State Warriors' top-tier defense. He has won the DPOY award in the past, and some view him as the best defensive player in the league.
Despite his ability on that end of the floor, Draymond Green only made the All-Defensive second team. Draymond Green has recently sounded off on only making it to the second team, claiming that he should have been on the first team, as he thinks there aren't 5 players that had a better defensive season than him. Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN relayed the news.
The Golden State Warriors' defensive leader is vexed that he was voted NBA All-Defensive Second Team earlier this month. Green was the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year until he suffered a back injury in early January and only played in 46 games this season.
"For me, it's a slight," Green said when asked if he took his second-team designation as a compliment or slight. "When I look at the first team, I am not sure I can pinpoint, definitely not five guys that had a better defensive season than me. And there are no [games played] requirements [for All-Defensive voting]. There is not some amount that you have to play in. If there was an amount that you had to play, then I would be an idiot sitting here and saying that."
Green added: "What you had to see, I think it would be hard for someone to come and show me better [defense this season]. Especially not five guys [better]. It is more of a slight to me than anything."
While he may have missed out on the DPOY award and the All-Defensive first team, Draymond Green will have a real chance to get his fourth NBA championship this year.
Draymond Green has previously expressed confidence that this is the year that the Warriors will win a championship, and we'll see if that becomes a reality. The Warriors are definitely the favorites in the Finals, and hopefully, they perform well and get another ring during the Stephen Curry era.