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Draymond Green desperately wants to win Defensive Player of the Year

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Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green is not short on confidence and is usually a reporter's dream as he's never afraid to say what he thinks. 

Earlier this week, the All-Star described himself as "one of the best players in the NBA" due to his all-around game on the court and what he brings to his team in multiple facets. 

Green is a selfless player and is always willing to do whatever it takes on both ends of the floor for the Warriors to win.

But the Dubs star has admitted there is one thing he is selfish about; winning the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

"That's something that I want to win," Green told ESPN's Chris Haynes. "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. 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.

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"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."

The 26-year-old has finished as runner-up to the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard in the last two years and it appears it's a matter of when, not if, he eventually wins the honour. 

There's certainly no doubt that he is worthy of it as he's one of the best defenders in the league and can guard numerous positions.

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With Golden State usually going small, Green is forced to play center and regularly guards players bigger than him. He is also adept at guarding smaller and more nimble opponents too. 

At just 6'8" he averages a credible 1.7 blocks per game which ranks ninth in the league and he's also fifth overall in steals at 2.3.

He's made it a goal of his to win DPOY and his credentials are clear, but with the Warriors' defence dropping slightly, he should hope it doesn't go against him. 

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