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There’s another guy from Saginaw, Mich. that won last year’s Defensive Player of the Year. His name is Draymond Green. (Laughs) Now is that a goal of yours this year to try and get that award. Rudy Gobert: Of course. Every year, I think I’m the best defensive player in the league and I want to be the best. I think being the defensive player in the league is making your team better because, like I said, there’s a lot of things you don’t see on stats. When you make your team better, usually it means a lot.
Of all the accolades accumulated over his illustrious career, Kevin Durant does not own a single defensive honor. But he told ESPN he would “like to be an All-NBA defender.” For now, though, it’s his fear of failure that’s driving him. “I just want to be counted on by my coaches and my teammates in those situations,” he said. “I don’t want my coach to have to pull me out the game in situations in the fourth quarter because I can’t play defense and then they need to go to a defense-offense [substitution pattern]. I don’t want to be that player. I never wanted to be that player. So that’s what I feared more than anything.”
1 week ago via ESPN