Draymond Green on Kevin Durant leading for Defensive Player of the Year: ‘I don’t think it’s really a race right now’

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Draymond Green isn’t just the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

He’s also a supportive teammate.

The Warriors forward endorsed Kevin Durant for the award.

Green, via Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area:

“If I had a vote, I’d vote for him right now,” Green said of Durant’s DPOY candidacy.

“I think he is, if not the leading candidate,” Green said. “I don’t think it’s really a race right now. The way he’s been playing on the defensive side of the ball has been spectacular.

Durant is having an incredible season as a rim-protector. He’s blocking shots more than anyone who wasn’t primarily a center or power forward since Andrei Kirilenko and Josh Smith a decade ago.

But Durant’s defensive rebounding has regressed as a result. He’s not locking opponents quite as well on the perimeter.

Is he a Defensive Player of the Year candidate? Sure. But so is Joel Embiid, Al Horford, Paul George, Andre Roberson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and even Green. Durant isn’t close to running away with the award, no matter how Green tries to paint the narrative.