According to his fellow NBA players, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is a bit overrated. Green has some tremendous individual accolades - a Defensive Player of the Year trophy, three trips to the All-Star Game, four times as a member of the All-Defensive team, and two appearances on the All-NBA team - but some of his peers don’t think those are warranted.
The Athletic just ran a fascinating piece, which anonymously polled more than 100 current NBA players, to get their takes on a series of NBA questions. One question was about which player is most overrated.
Green received 17% of the votes, which tied him with Russell Westbrook for the league lead. Now, you can take that with a little grain of salt, since only 47 players were willing to answer the question, but still . . . the results aren’t exactly shocking. Klay Thompson also received one vote in the category.
While Dray and Klay were disrespected there, they received some love for their defensive abilities. 114 players voted for the league’s best defender, with Green receiving 2.6% of the votes, and Thompson 1.7%. Green also received one vote for most underrated player in the league, which was funny contrast to winning the overrated category.
Green also won another category, and probably one he’s happy to win: Who talks the most trash? Green received 33.7% of the 123 votes, which was comfortably the top of the list. DeMarcus Cousins earned 3.2% of the votes there.
The Warriors got a fair amount of love elsewhere. In the question, “You’re building a roster from scratch: Who are you signing first?” both Kevin Durant and Steph Curry did well. Durant received 8% of the 125 votes, trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, and Joel Embiid, while Curry received 6.4% of the votes, behind those four and LeBron James.
Curry also got the second-most votes for the top ballhandler in the league, though that was only worth 7.4% of the vote since Kyrie Irving ran away with that category.
Durant received one vote in an area of very high praise: “Who’s the best player of all time?” That vote tied him with Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson, behind (in order), Michael Jordan, James, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
105 players voted on who the toughest player in the league is, and two of them chose Cousins, while one chose Green and another chose Andrew Bogut.
Of the 121 players polled in the category, 7.8% said that Steve Kerr is the coach they would most want to play for, other than their own. That was third best in the league, behind Gregg Popovich and Brad Stevens.
And while players may hate the Warriors, 79.5% of them chose Golden State when asked what team, other than their own, will win the 2019 NBA championship.
Of course, it’s 2018-19, so you can’t expect the questions to end there. Predictably, players were also asked where Durant will be playing next year.
The New York Knicks ran away with that category, earning 63.3% of the vote, while 20.2% said the Warriors.
Time will tell.