“Al Gore won the popular vote and didn’t get elected president, so I’m not going to sit here and kill myself over not winning Defensive Player of the Year.”
— Golden State’s Draymond Green, on coming in second in Defensive Player of the Year voting, despite having more first place votes than the winner, Kawhi Leonard. Via Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
Green was put first on 45 DPOY ballots, Leonard was first on 37. The difference was Green was completely left off 42 ballots (you can see who did that here). I would love to hear the explanation from voters who left Green completely off — Ernie Johnson could do that on TNT tonight. Marc Stein of ESPN thought Andrew Bogut was more influential for Golden State than Green. There are a number of quality candidates, but to me it would be hard to leave Green all the way off.
If Green is going to follow in the footsteps of Gore, next up would be making an environmental documentary. He might want to wait until after the playoffs to do that.