Confidence is not something Draymond Green is lacking in the least bit. The Warriors All-Star big man believes he is one of the best players in the league and is now using that same bravado to campaign for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Green is one of the best and versatile defenders in the league. He can guard players bigger than him and is capable of keeping up with and frustrating smaller opponents as well. Green is just 6-foot-8 but he is a credible shot blocker and is averaging 1.7 blocks, which is ninth overall in the league. He is also fifth overall in steals, averaging 2.3 per game.
With such defensive prowess, Green is hoping that this is finally the year that he wins the Defensive Player of the Year award. In fact, Green has made that a goal for himself this season.
From ESPN's Chris Haynes:
"That's something that I want to win," Green told ESPN in an exclusive interview this week. "And if there's anything I've ever been selfish about, it's that award. Like, I want that award."
"That doesn't bother me to say I'm selfish in that regard. I want that award bad," Green reiterated to ESPN. "And that's because I view myself as a defender. It's like if I view myself as a scorer then I want to win the scoring title. If I am a scorer and I say I'm a scorer and that's what I do, I want to win the scoring title because it says I was the best in this year at what I do. So that is something that I want to win."
Having a goal to work toward is always good to have in any instance and now Green should be even more motivated on the defensive end this season. Green has a strong chance at winning DPOY but there are also several other players in the running for the award like San Antonio Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard, who has won it the last two years.
Individually, Green should be in the running for the award but the Warriors may have to pick up their team defense to aid in his candidacy. The Warriors are among the bottom 10 teams in the league defensively and are giving up 105.8 points per 100 possessions. Leonard's Spurs, meanwhile, are in the top 10, giving up 100.7 points per 100 possessions. And then there are other DPOY candidates like Rudy Gobert, whose Jazz are also in the top 10 defensively, and DeAndre Jordan, whose Clippers sport the best defense in the league.
So while Green may desperately want DPOY, it won't be easy. But if he continues excelling on defense perhaps the third time is a charm for Green and the award will be his at the end of the season.