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Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Draymond Green : “I think If you want to put someone in the MVP conversation, he’s someone to me… Maybe the numbers don’t match up to some of the numbers that some other guys put up…He just does it his way.” Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews When asked what makes Rudy Gobert and Steph Curry so important for their respective teams, Jazz coach Quin Snyder instead a goes on a small tangent on why Draymond Green should be in the MVP conversation. Says Green ’s uniqueness has as big of an impact on

Draymond Green is certainly a big reason why the Golden State Warriors currently sit atop the NBA, with his defense and playmaking being the stabilizing forces of what that team does . If an MVP award were to be given to someone on the Warriors, it would of course go to Steph Curry; however, Quin Snyder wants to make sure Having coached Rudy Gobert, coach Snyder has an appreciation for the value that a defensive anchor like Draymond Green provides. While Green and Gobert obviously have very different defensive skillsets, the two both serve as the defensive anchors of their respective teams.

The front of this season's MVP race is occupied by the usual big-name suspects: Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid. DeMar DeRozan is a bit of a party crasher and definitely fits somewhere up front. Rudy Gobert has long been peripherally discussed as an overlooked MVP candidate based on elite encompassing metrics, on/off splits and defensive dominance, but he has never been a true contender and likely won't be again this season.

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On Saturday, prior to the Jazz-Warriors game, Utah coach Quin Snyder was asked, rather rhetorically, what makes Gobert and Curry so important to their respective teams, and instead of stating the obvious, Snyder switched gears to Draymond Green, pegging the Warriors' defensive stalwart and offensive orchestrator as one of the league's most unique players and another forgotten but worthy MVP candidate.

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For Quin Snyder , Draymond Green is required “in his own way” in the race for the MVP , and “his way”, it is a stifling all-terrain defense, a constant aggressiveness, and above all a wonderful game intelligence. Most of the time, it is not Steph Curry who is responsible for organizing the Warriors’ attack, but the interior with 7.5 assists on average! Draymond Green is a playerunique and polarizing, not everyone will agree with Quin Snyder ’s analysis. But it ’s true that without him to keep the machine going, the Warriors are far less impressive on both sides of the pitch.

Draymond Green is the heartbeat of the Warriors and a favorite for the 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year. But the triple NBA All-Star rarely collects NBA MVP votes. When asked what makes Steph Curry and jazz center Rudy Gobert so important to their respective teams, Snyder focused on Green . “I don’t think I have to characterize this by saying any disrespect to Steph or Rudy, but Draymond Green is such a unique player and has such a good year,” Snyder told reporters ahead of the Warriors game.

Here's Snyder's full comment:

Snyder is right in two senses: Green is one of the most valuable players in the league, and his numbers don't match up to the guys that are true contenders for this award. Dating back to the start of the 3-point era, 1979-80, only one player has won MVP despite scoring fewer than 20 points per game: Steve Nash, who did it twice, averaging 15.5 in 2004-05 and 18.8 in 2005-06.

Green enters play on Monday averaging 8.8 PPG.

Green's presence, so long as he's healthy and engaged, which he has been for most of his career and certainly this season, almost assures you of having an elite defense, but there's a reason there's a Defensive Player of the Year award but no offensive player of the year. Because the MVP, in essence, is the offensive player of the year. If it's a close call, defense might break the tie. But it's an offensive award.

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Jazz head coach Quin Snyder believes that should change. Ahead of Saturday night’s Warriors-Jazz game at Vivint Arena, Snyder lobbied for Warriors forward Draymond Green to receive some attention in the MVP conversation. “I don’t think I have to characterize it by not saying any disrespect to Steph Green is a favorite for his second career Defensive Player of the Year, but it was perhaps the first time that an NBA head coach has pitched him as a potential candidate for the best individual honor of the league. Most experts are required to list a multitude of names in the MVP conversation before they

Draymond Green , on the other hand, would not have helped Golden State win championships, and Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants him to start receiving the credit he deserves . Snyder believes he is deserving of consideration for MVP . With the Warriors, Stephen Curry has a shot at winning his This seаson, he’s аverаging 8.4 points per gаme, 7.9 rebounds, аnd 7.5 аssists. But it ’s his аbility to find the open mаn, rebound, defend аt а high level, аnd bring intensity to every plаy thаt mаkes him so importаnt to Golden Stаte. However, he will never win MVP . The NBA’s MVP аwаrd is for scorers

Green's offensive impact, of course, has very little to do with his own scoring. The Warriors are better when he's pushing for coast-to-coast layups and not turning down wide-open 3s, but it's his passing and impromptu screening that's elite. He has a sixth sense for Curry's random movement and an unteachable feel for when and how to get the ball to the most tracked shooter in history with sliver of space and split second he needs get shots off.

It wasn't a coincidence that the Warriors were held to 86 points when Green didn't play against Denver last Tuesday. If you think he's a one-way player who can't shoot, you are painfully wrong. He conducts almost everything the Warriors do in the half court. Vital isn't a strong enough word.

Still, that's not winning an MVP award. The highest Green has ever finished in the voting is seventh, in 2015-16, when the Warriors won 73 games and he averaged 14 points on 39-percent 3-point shooting, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks.

Save for assists, each of those numbers surpass Green's statistical output so far this season (he's averaging the same 7.5 assists). For my money, Green should be on track for All-NBA and the leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, but an eight-point scorer winning MVP, or even getting honest consideration, is a bridge too far for voters.

Warriors' Draymond Green out another 2 weeks with calf strain .
The Golden State Warriors forward will miss at least another two weeks due to his left calf strain, the team announced on Sunday. The injury is apparently tied to “the involvement of a disc in his lower back.” The evaluations indicated the left calf soreness/tightness is tied to the involvement of a disc in his lower back. Green first left the Warriors’ win against the Cleveland Cavaliers last Sunday with his calf injury. He was on the court for the opening tip of that game, as it was Klay Thompson’s first back after he suffered both an ACL and Achilles injury that kept him out for about 31 months.

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