Warriors' Draymond Green wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Jun 27 2017
The Spurs All-Star forward was named to the All-Defensive First Team on Monday, the National Basketball Association announced. He also led the Warriors in assists, averaging 7.0 per game.
Fair or not, voter fatigue may also help Green get the upper hand this year.
Green recorded two blocks and 1.4 steals per game in the regular season. He led the league in steals and on February 10 had the league's first triple-double that didn't include any points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists.
Both are great defenders, but the Defensive Player of the Year award resides in the Green residence in Oakland, CA this year.
Guard Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks and Croat forward Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers were unanimous selections for the NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced.
Other Thunder players receiving votes for All-Defensive honors were Russell Westbrook (10 votes, five first-place votes) and Steven Adams (one second-place vote). It is the first time in his career he has been named to an All-NBA Defensive Team. He shot.379 (118-311) from beyond the arc. He is one of four players in Spurs history with at least 350 steals and 350 blocks in his career. San Antonio Spurs' star Kawhi Leonard finished third (182 points).
Durant was the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, and voting for DOPY closed before the playoffs began.
From there, players fired away on Twitter with their displeasure, including a former teammate in Jared Sullinger and some players who were checked by Bradley this season. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams six times in his seven seasons with the Grizzlies.