The topic of who the best defender in the NBA is has been subject to much conversation in recent days.
It all began with Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green coming out on a recent episode of the ‘Dubs Talk’ podcast and proclaiming himself the best defender ever.
“I think I’m the best defender to ever play this game,” he noted.
This prompted a response from ex-NBA star Tony Allen, who Kobe Bryant famously regarded as one of his toughest defenders.
BIG !!! Who stamped you? Who you clamp!?
— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) March 23, 2021
That led to an inevitable exchange between the pair on Twitter.
Tony Allen and Draymond Green went back on forth after Draymond called himself the best defender in NBA history pic.twitter.com/w9t895SkSS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 23, 2021
On Thursday, Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George jumped into the mix and offered his thoughts on who the toughest defender in the NBA is.
In his estimation, it’s Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday.
Paul George says Jrue Holiday is the toughest defender he’s ever played against. I asked him the question in response to Draymond Green saying he was the best defender ever.
— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) March 25, 2021
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Holiday has gotten props from a superstar for his defensive acumen.
Kevin Durant’s glowing review of his skills speaks for itself.
That answers that. https://t.co/giybknFbu8
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 22, 2021
So who is the real best defender in the NBA? It appears to be a matter of opinion that varies from player to player.
Green always makes headlines, whether it’s by proclaiming himself the greatest defender of all time, giving his honest opinion on Kyle Kuzma’s development, or calling out out-of-shape superstars – so him getting everyone riled up this week is hardly a surprise.
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