Steve Kerr says Draymond Green is ‘best defensive player’ he’s ever seen
But how much praise does Warriors head coach Steve Kerr have for Green, exactly? During a press conference on Wednesday with members of the media, Kerr went as far to say that his star forward is the best defender he’s ever had the pleasure of being around.
“Probably the best defensive player I’ve ever seen,” Kerr said. “Scottie Pippen would be right there with him, but they’re different in that Draymond has to guard fives. The league is different. I don’t know if Draymond could have guarded Shaq, Hakeem and those guys. But those guys don’t exist anymore. So the way the game is played now, the ability to guard one through five, I don’t think there’s anybody that can compare to Draymond.”
Green’s stellar defensive play is something that Kerr marvels, noting the three-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection’s ability to consistently be one step ahead of opposing offenses.
“Draymond is an incredibly sharp basketball mind,” Kerr added. “He sees the game as it happens before it happens. He’s kind of a move or two ahead of everybody on the defensive end and it’s amazing to have him out there to lead our defense. To get everybody organized, to save plays that are about to break down because he sees it happening before everyone else does.”
In 17 starts this 2018 postseason that has gotten the Warriors back to the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth consecutive season, Green has averaged 11.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the floor, 11.6 rebounds, 8.1 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.5 blocked shots per game in roughly 38.4 minutes of action per contest.
The Dubs and the Cavs will tip off Game 1 tomorrow night at Oracle Arena, with the Warriors having their hopes set on winning their second consecutive title and third championship in four years.