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Draymond Green wins 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Gobert won the first-team votes of 97 of the 100 voters who make up the balloting for the annual award, given out since 1968-69.For the past two years, former Michigan State star Draymond Green has come up just short of winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Houston’s James Harden and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for MVP of the 2016-17 season.The Clippers’ Chris Paul and Houston’s Patrick Beverley were the two guards on the first team. All three were named to the All-Defensive First Team earlier today.Thunder guard/forward Andre Roberson was announced as a member of the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team on Monday.In a year in which the Warriors were coming off a 73-9 season, and after an offseason where they added Kevin Durant, Green’s importance to the team was never overstated.Green, who finished fourth in real plus-minus, averaged 10.2 points and 7.9 rebounds.The teams were chosen by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. His ability to defend multiple positions is what made him the NBA’s most valuable players, and averaged career-highs in both steals (2.0) and blocks (1.4) per game. Among guards who played at least 45 games this season, Waiters ranked fourth in the National Basketball Association with an overall opponent field-goal percentage of 40.4 percent.Green finished third on the team with 71 steals, behind Manu Ginobili (82).John Wall’s kicks for tonight’NBA Awards show.Philadelphia’s Dario Saric and Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team.Green was a decisive victor, receiving 73 of the 100 first place votes and a whopping 434 total points. Billups earned back-to-back second team selections in 2004-05 and ’05-06.