Steph Curry did not win an MVP, but voters still managed to properly acknowledge the spectacular season that the Warriors guard had.
They didn’t do the same for Draymond Green when it came to the Defensive Player of the Year vote.
The NBA announced Wednesday that Utah Jazz Center Goody Robert has been named the 2021 Defender of the Year, marking the third time he has won the award. This came as no surprise at all, as Robert was expected to win as a fugitive – and scored a total of 464 voting points.
Surprisingly, however, the distribution of votes came first. And more precisely, that Green did not receive any.
Of the 16 votes that Robert did not receive in first place, 15 went to Philadelphia 76 striker Ben Simmons, who eventually finished second in the vote with a total of 287 points. The rest of the vote went to Miami Heat Bam Adebayo, who finished in fourth place with 31 points.
Green finished third with 76 points, which seems too small given how amazing he was on defense all season. He received 13 votes for second place and 37 votes for third place, which means that the unattainable 50 percent of the ballots left Green altogether.
I’m sorry, but it’s just awful. The Warriors had their fifth-best defense in the NBA this season, which was an incredible achievement, given that Clay Thompson missed everything, and they had a 19-year-old center that was limited to just 39 games. The Warriors don’t even come close to being in the top 5 in defense without Green performing as he did night and night.
Yes, Curry carried the offense, but Green was just as critical on the other side of the ball.
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While Simmons’ vote for Green is understandable, the huge difference in total points is not. For one, two of Simmons’ teammates also received votes that should serve to further separate Green from him and the rest of the pack. And second, there is not a single player who has finished below the Greens in the vote who deserves any vote over him.
If Green hadn’t been left with half (!) Ballots, chances are the vote will recognize more precisely how phenomenal he is. In the end, it wouldn’t matter who won the award, but knowing Green would matter in his mindset for next season.
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