Draymond misses out on DPOY as Gobert takes home award

Draymond Green

Draymond Green was a one-man wrecking ball on defense this season for the Warriors, but it wasn't enough to claim his second career Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The NBA announced Wednesday that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert took home the award with Green coming in third in the voting. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons finished second.

Green has been adamant all season that he is not only the best defender in the NBA, but also the best in league history.

"I also think I view the game a lot differently than most people view the game because I think I just see it from a different perspective," Green said on the "Dubs Talk Podcast." "I think when you look at the things that make a good defender: Reaction time, toughness, being able to see the picture long before it develops, and most importantly, in order to finish a defensive possession, you got to rebound, and I think I rebound well.

"When I look at all the facets that make up the defensive side of the ball, I think I'm great in every facet that makes up that side of the ball."

As for his competition for this year's award, Green made a great case to Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks as to why he's in a different class of defender than Gobert and Simmons.

"I think what [Gobert] does on the defensive side of the ball is incredible. I think the way he protects the rim is incredible. Defense is more than just protecting the rim," Green told Rooks.


"Y'all don't judge defense the same way you judge offense. There is no offensive situation where you don't want Steph Curry on the floor. There is no offensive situation where you don't want James Harden on the floor. There is no offensive situation where you don't want LeBron James on the floor. Well, guess what? There's no defensive situation where you don't want me on the floor.

"Everybody like, 'Look, oh, man, this guy led the league in steals, that guy led the league in blocks.' But is there a situation where you can put that guy in and make him uncomfortable? For most guys, yes. You can't put me in a situation on defense and make me uncomfortable."

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To be fair, Gobert had a fantastic season in his own right. He was the driving force behind the Jazz's elite defense. Utah was 12.7 points per 100 possessions better defensively when Gobert was on the floor this season, per Cleaning The Glass. That's the best such number by a high-volume player since the 2015-16 season when the Warriors were 11.9 points better defensively with Green on the floor.

This season, the Warriors were only 0.7 points per 100 possessions better when Green was on the floor, but that speaks to the larger deficiencies in the Warriors' roster and not Green's play.

Green would have been worthy DPOY this season, but there's no doubt this loss will fuel him to put together an even better defensive season next year.