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Draymond Green Says Victor Wembanyama Is Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green thinks Victor Wembanyama deserves the Defensive Player of the Year award. Just a month ago, the Golden State Warriors forward predicted the French rookie would be an MVP in two years.

Draymond Green Changed His Mind With Victor Wembanyama

Initially, the 34-year-old wrote Wembanyama as a non-candidate for the DPOY. He wasn’t impressed with the sole stat line of having the most blocks in the NBA.

However, Green recently changed his mind on his podcast, The Draymond Green Show. Now, he’s advocating for the 20-year-old to win the DPOY after all he’s done for the San Antonio Spurs.

The young big man’s talents on the court, especially on the defensive end, have made Green change his choice. Now, he’s all for the rookie with how well he guards any player.

“I know I said on here, a little while back, Wemby shouldn’t be the Defensive Player of the Year. I lied. Wemby should be the Defensive Player of the Year because he is that amazing defensively. The way he impacts the game on the defensive end, whether it’s off the ball, on the ball, it’s a problem.”

Draymond Green

He points out Wembanyama’s uncanny ability to stop drives in their tracks. His defense reduces the potential for a layup. Multiple players can’t deal with the French phenom’s height and defense. They turn away, preventing the play from even starting.

Apr 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) blocks the shot of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the four-time NBA champion argues that these preventions are a pseudo-block. After all, it stopped a play from scoring two points for the rival team.

“When you start driving to the hole and guys may have a layup, maybe not and they just turn out and go the other way? That’s a problem. That’s a blocked shot, in a sense. It’s like a screen, you go setting a screen, no one’s giving you an assist but the guy’s wide open to knock a shot down.”

Draymond Green

Green ends it jokingly by asking which lab the seven-foot-four-inch player came from.

“I don’t know what lab he was created in, but I need to go create me a son in that lab because dude is unbelievable.”

Draymond Green

Is He Defensive Player Of The Year Worthy?

This conversation is dividing the basketball community. Some point out that his rivalry and choking issue with Rudy Gobert could be affecting his purview.

It’s a difficult conversation as Gobert is the favored player to win the award. However, Wembanyama is quickly closing in on the odds. As of writing, the 20-year-old has blocked 235 shots in six months. However, the Spurs’ disappointing position in the West might prevent their rookie from walking away with the DPOY award.

Who do you think should win the award?