‘I need that bad’- Draymond Green on Defensive Player of Year
Draymond Green wants to win another Defensive Player of the Year award and admits that it is a big goal of his this season.
“I need that,” Green said Wednesday night after the Golden State Warriors’ 131-121 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I need that bad. Real bad. I made second team all-defense last year. I’m pissed about that still. I’ll pissed until
I right that, so that’s a serious goal of mine this year. And I’m on it every night.”
Green won his first Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016-17. Aside from the pride he takes in winning the award,
another motivation for Green is that if he wins the award again this season, he will be eligible to sign a super-max extension this summer.
As ESPN’s Bobby Marks pointed out recently, “Green would be eligible for a five-year, $235 million extension that would
start in 2020. Keep in mind that because of Stephen Curry’s contract, Golden State can sign only one more player to a super max.”
Green said he wakes up each morning with the award on his mind.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I’m pissed. Second-team All-Defense, that’s disrespectful.”
After missing several weeks of training camp because of a sore knee, Green has found his form as the Warriors continue rolling
through the league. Green almost racked up a triple-double, scoring 16 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists Wednesday.
“I thought he was likely the best player on the floor this evening,” Warriors mentor Steve Kerr said. “I know different folks had some huge point aggregates and all that, however this not a perfect diversion for us and when the amusement gets a little smudged that by all accounts when Draymond is getting it done. We required his coarseness, his bouncing back, his protection and he came through bigly.”
His colleagues never questioned that he would round into frame rapidly this year, regardless of missing quite a bit of camp.
“He didn’t change his name, he’s still Draymond Green, No. 23 for the Warriors,” Curry said. “You never stress over him figuring out how to affect the diversion. [Whether] he’s creation or missing shots, whatever, he generally gets auspicious stops. He’s talking, an enthusiastic pioneer, so simply like it was with Klay [Thompson] shooting a ball, you never stress over Draymond getting actualized into an overall amusement that encourages us get wins. It’s extraordinary to see him with a little liveliness in his progression, a little squeeze and energy out there. He’s playing admirably.”