Warriors

Kerr believes Draymond is best defender of modern era

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Draymond Green

Between the conversations about who should be named MVP and Rookie of the Year, one award that hasn't garnered as much attention this season is who should win Defensive Player of the Year. 

On Monday night, two former titleholders and current contenders will go head-to-head at Chase Center in Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert. 

If you ask Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Green -- who is the main reason as to why Golden State has the fifth-best defensive rating in the league and ranks third in defensive field goal percentage -- shouldn't only be considered the NBA's best defender this season, but the best defender ever. 

"I think he’s been the best defender in the modern era of basketball when you factor in having to cover the entire court," Kerr said before the Warriors took on the Jazz

If Kerr still had his Hall of Fame vote, he'd give it to Green. 

"I think he’s a he’s a Hall-of-Famer. Maybe I'm biased being his coach," Kerr said. 

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But bias aside, Green's resume is a good Hall of Fame campaign. He's a three-time NBA champion, an Olympic gold medalist and former Defensive Player of the Year. And as Kerr pointed out, at just 31 years old, he still has more than enough time to add on more accomplishments. 

"Draymond, I think, speaks for himself," Kerr said. "The defender he’s been now for a long time in this league."

 

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