Draymond: “Only against Jokic and LeBron do I have to do this”

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Still acclaimed on the All-Defensive Teams, Draymond Green performs as an expert defenseman in the NBA. He’s capable of stopping opposing stars at any position, however, he admits that he was forced to only suit Nikola Jokic and LeBron James for a reason.

Like a Patrick Beverley, he believes every year to be the one who deserves the trophy. On the other hand, unlike the leader of Wolves, he can already boast of having won it in his career. Chosen Defender of the Year in 2017, Dramond Green therefore he has even more credibility on the field within the league. He has also received votes for distinction this season.

Among all the assets that allow him to dominate on this side of the pitch, his versatility is arguably the most important. Indeed, the Warriors big man is capable of marking and extinguishing any type of player, be it sharp backs or solid interiors. He was able to prove it again recently on this second stage, against none other than reigning double MVP, Nikola Jokic.

Draymond pushed to the limit by Jokic and LeBron

Poster for the first round of the playoffs, the Warriors-Nuggets series saw Green battling Jokic for most of its run. Such a dangerous challenge, but one that he took on brilliantly, in particular making a crucial save to offer his team victory in Game 3. Subject of a long articleESPN Draymond recently revealed the common ground between the Serbian center… and Lebron James :

I was like in a 5-round heavyweight title fight. It involves powerful punches in the style of Iron Mike. But it’s only against him and LeBron that I have to try to outsmart them and stay one step ahead of them, to the point where you might think it’s impossible to get there. . Every possession is a game of chess against them.

In addition to their undeniable talent, LeBron and Jokic display basketball IQs well above average. Which spells big trouble for Dray, but isn’t necessarily lacking in the matter. The latter thus acknowledges having to wage great mental battles with these star opponents in order to aspire to emerge victorious from their duels, as he has done recently.

In the same way, many times he had to use all his skills in the NBA Finals, when he faced LBJ and his Cavaliers. Regularly sent on a defensive mission against the King, he had to redouble his efforts and thoughtfulness in order to see it through to the end. Comments that will probably please both of his rivals, who are now watching him in front of their screens in the playoffs!

For Draymond Green, Nikola Jokic and LeBron James would belong to a higher category of players thanks to their incomparable game intelligence. Pretty nice as a compliment from such a referenced defender!

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