Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has built a reputation as one of the best defenders in the NBA right now- and maybe of all time. Green's versatility on the defensive end is matched by few in the league, though it's his defensive IQ that sets him apart from the rest of the NBA's best on defense. That was on full display in a segment with Green and ESPN's Doris Burke, where the Warriors forward discussed how he defends Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, among others.
This is a fascinating look into how Warriors star and six-time All-Defensive first team member Draymond Green defends Kevin Durant and other NBA stars.
Just look at the play involving Durant. Green knows firsthand just how deadly of a mid-range shooter Durant is- if he gets to his spot on the court it's game over. As Green said when the video paused, there was nobody on the court more dangerous than Durant with the ball.
Green knew that he had to slide over to help on Durant- or the Nets superstar would have a pull-up jumper that he makes in his sleep. Plays like that show Green's elite physical ability, but also his mental ability on defense.
The play against the Toronto Raptors involving Pascal Siakam might arguably be more impressive, though. Green was guarding Siakam down low when the Raptors star ran up to set a screen.
Green switched off of Siakam, essentially pushed Gray Trent Jr, who ran across the paint to the three-point line, towards teammate Stephen Curry, then reacted quickly enough to block Siakam, who was driving to the rim from the top of the key.
It was an incredible play showcasing Warriors star Draymond Green's overall ability and insane IQ on the defensive end against Kevin Durant and others. Here's hoping to more segments like this involving Green.