Former Michigan State Spartans star Draymond Green has been named the 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced Monday.
Green, who finished as the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons, is the first player in Golden State Warriors history to earn the award.
Green was named to the All-NBA Third Team this season after averaging 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.38 blocks in 32.5 minutes over 76 games, while leading the league with a career-high 2.03 steals. The 6’7” forward became the first player to record averages of at least 10 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block over the course of a season since blocks and steals were first recorded in 1973-74. He also became the first player in Warriors history to total at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a single season.
By being named to the All-Defensive First Team for a third consecutive season, Green became the first player in Warriors history to earn First-Team honors three times.