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Draymond Green says Kevin Durant deserves to win Defensive Player of the Year

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Kevin Durant is already recognized as arguably the best scorer in the NBA but since joining the Golden State Warriors, he's become a devastating two-way player.

The reigning Finals MVP has always been an adept defender but he honed in on that end of the floor once he arrived in the Bay Area and has developed into one of the best in the league.

With head coach Steve Kerr's preference to play small ball, KD is often the tallest player on the court for the Dubs and has taken on a role as the team's rim protector and leads them in blocks.

He's currently averaging an impressive 2.3 swats per game which sees him rank number two in the NBA behind Myles Turner.

Durant admitted that playing in the Warriors system has made him a better defender and he enjoys the responsibility of guarding star players on opposing teams.

At this rate, the 29-year-old will be a legitimate candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors

The player currently in possession of the trophy is his teammate Draymond Green and he believes he should be dethroned by the superstar small forward.

“I don’t think it’s really a race right now, the way he’s been playing on the defensive side of the ball,” Green said. “It’s been spectacular.

"It’s a thing now, which is impressive, because it always seemed like it wasn’t possible to be a thing, but he’s getting more and more attention for that, and obviously he’s helping our defense tremendously with the way he’s playing defensively on that side of the ball. If I had a vote, I’d vote for him right now.”

Golden State Warriors v Detroit Pistons

With the Oklahoma City Thunder, the eight-time All-Star was one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the league as he won the scoring title four times.

But he decided to join the Warriors to grow as a player and he's managed to do that by being able to affect the game on both ends.

“It’s cool that people are starting to recognize me for more than just a scorer,” Durant said recently, per ESPN's Chris Haynes. "I’ve been trying to shake that rap for about since 2012.

"So when people start to notice what you do, I mean obviously, it’s not all you do it for … but when fans watching the games, and anybody watching the game, you want them to see what you do. I try to impact the game as much as I can on both ends of the floor.”

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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