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OAKLAND – After a second straight season in which he finished second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year, Warriors forward Draymond Green expressed neither regret nor bitterness.
His teammates, however, seem to feel different.
“We all think it’s a snub,” Klay Thompson said late Monday morning, three hours after the award was announced, with the winner being Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
“Just because he’s such a big part of our defense, him being able to guard every position. And as our background communicator, him and (center Andrew Bogut), he’s so good at rebounding and leading the break.
“It was a shock to all of us. But what can we do?”
Leonard totaled 547 total voting points, including 84 votes for first place. Green, with 421 points, was first on 44 ballots, second on 62 and third on 15. Nine voters omitted Green’s name from their ballots in the 5-3-1 voting system.
“It didn’t play out differently than I expected,” Green said. “I expected one of us to get it. He got it. He’s a great defender.
“It’s not really that big of a deal, like something I didn’t see happening. That’s a very obvious scenario, so I wasn’t necessarily surprised.”
Green added that he thought he had a better chance to win last season.
“I felt more robbed last year,” he said. “Last year, I looked at it like he only played in 60 (actually 64) games. I played in (79). So I felt robbed last year.
“This year, I don’t feel robbed at all. I think it could’ve gone either way. He was deserving, I was deserving. He won. So I don’t feel robbed this year.”
Not only are Green’s teammates ticked off by the selection. His outspoken mother, Mary Babers-Green, also was displeased with the voting.
Asked how she felt about it, Green said: “She hot.”
Leonard is the first non-center to win back-to-back DPOY awards since Dennis Rodman in 1990 and 1991. Miami big man Hassan Whiteside finished third, followed by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.