Sport Jazz coach Quin Snyder: Draymond Green belongs in MVP race

16:11  03 january  2022
16:11  03 january  2022 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The Warriors have a serious — maybe front-running — MVP candidate in Stephen Curry.

Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder thinks Golden State should have two candidates in that discussion, with Draymond Green being the other. Snyder, who often promotes three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert as someone who should be in the MVP race, said Green deserved consideration, speaking before his Jazz faced the Warriors (without Green, who was in health and safety protocols).

“I don’t think I have to qualify this by saying no disrespect to Steph or Rudy, but Draymond Green is as unique a player and is having as good of a year. If you want to put someone in the MVP conversation, he’s someone to me, that’s — maybe the numbers don’t look as … they don’t match up to the numbers of some other guys put up, but as far as the way he impacts the game, whether it’s his passing, his defense, which, you obviously know how we feel about Rudy’s versatility and the things that he does and Draymond is like that. He just does it in his way.

“And then you add the leadership that he shows and the way he communicates, I just think he’s an unbelievable player and I think he’s showing that this year. He’s shown it before, but it stands out so much right now when you watch them play.”

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Snyder is right, Green is a unique player and his offensive impact as a secondary distributor can get overlooked. However, Green does not have MVP-level offensive numbers: 8.4 points,  7.9 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

Green may be the early frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year (with other former winners Gobert and Giannis Antetokounmpo also in the conversation). Golden State has the best defense in the NBA this season (the Jazz are fifth).

Even without Draymond, the Warriors beat the Jazz on Saturday night, tearing apart the Jazz defense in the halfcourt. With switches and the gravity of Curry pulling Gobert out higher, Utah’s backside rotations got exposed. It’s something they need to work on before the playoffs start and other teams try to follow that blueprint.

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Recap: Denver’s offense goes cold in the 4th, they lose to the Jazz 125-102 .
This game was close for three quarters but the Jazz dominated the fourth quarter on both sides of the ballWith this win, Utah remains undefeated within the division. They are now 3-0 against Denver this season and have scored 115+ in each game. The Nuggets kept pace with this high scoring offense for much of the game but Utah controlled the fourth quarter, outscoring Denver 34-14. The Nugget killer Bojan Bogdanovic was back at it again with 21 points on 8-15 shooting. He and Mitchell led the scoring charge tonight as Mitchell was the game’s highest scorer with 31 points.

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