The Warriors didn't win Wednesday night's play-in thriller over the Los Angeles Lakers, but Draymond Green did put together some of the best defensive film of his career guarding Anthony Davis.
Green locked down Davis in the first half, allowing him to score just 5 points on 2-of-12 shooting and 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. Not to mention the three turnovers Draymond forced.
Thursday afternoon, Green was announced as one of three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year alongside Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Utah's Rudy Gobert.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr joined Damon, Ratto & Kolsky on 95.7 The Game on Thursday to discuss Draymond's efforts Wednesday night. He was asked if the film from the first half of the game could be used to make the case that Green is the most deserving of winning the DPOY award.
“Yeah, yeah that’s the tape," Kerr said. "Draymond [Green] to me is the best defender in the league. I know [Ben] Simmons and [Rudy] Gobert are excellent. I just think what Draymond does across the board, from guarding point guards to guarding centers, the other guys don’t do that. They’re much more specialized in their roles defensively."
Kerr makes an interesting point in regards to the other two finalists. What Draymond does is so unique in comparison to other defenders around the league.
"Nobody guards everybody on the floor, nobody anticipates from the weak side, nobody blows up plays like Draymond," Kerr said.
"He’s the best defender in the world, he has been for many years," Kerr added. "He’s going to go down as one of the very best defensive players in the history of the league. We’re lucky to have him.”
The winner of the award will not be announced until later in the postseason. For now, Draymond and Dubs need to win Friday's matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center in order to punch their ticket to the playoffs.