Fresh off an All-NBA snub, Klay Thompson was quick to let the disrespect roll off his shoulder, leaving his Golden State Warriors teammate Draymond Green to build him up for his worth.
Green, who joined Thompson as a member of the All-Defensive Second Team, argued his longtime teammate deserved better.
“He should have been first [team],” said Green, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell.
Green however, didn't mind being part of a stud-like second team, which had him joining Thompson, Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans.
“It's a pretty cool second team to be on,” said Draymond Green. “There's some damn good defenders on that second team.”
So is the second team better than the first in actuality?
“I ain't going to say that,” said Green. “But that lineup looked good on that second team, so it's all good.”
The Warriors are unlikely to get their due credit when it comes to regular season awards, due to the sacrifices made on the court and the bevy of assets in place within the roster.
That is likely to be the only explanation for Kevin Durant being in the All-NBA Second Team, among other head-scratchers throughout the course of the years.
Accolades aside, the Warriors will be playing for the most important of them all in a matter of days — the Larry O'Brien trophy — potentially their third straight and fourth overall in the last five years.