“Draymond doesn’t guard him, that little five ball… you can’t do that with a guy that big”

One of the best defenders of his generation, Draymond Green won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017. Green has also been the defensive anchor in the four Golden State Warriors tournament rounds since 2015. However, Richard Jefferson believes Green would not have been a capable goalkeeper. Former eight-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming.

In a special crossover episode between the podcast “Road Trippin” and “The Long Shot,” Channing Frye and Jefferson discuss big men with Duncan Robinson. Frye remembers how he was guarding the big positions during his rookie year in 2005.

“When I was a junior, I was 6’10”, 6’11”, 230 (£),” said Fry. “That’s when the centers are. Oh my God, it was the worst. They were like, ‘Channing, go get Shaq (O’Neal), go get Jahidi White; Go straight to the Z-Bo bouncer. Go guard like young Mark Gasol.”

“Road Trippin” co-host Ally Clifton then asked Fry how he felt when guarding Yao Ming. Described as impossible by Frye, Ming had great touch for his size and also had the ability to pass or shoot at tall defenders.

“That was impossible…Imagine that Yao Ming made a technical mistake for Houston,” Fry explained. “Crazy (touch). Even if you thought you did well, he was like a jumper as if you were shooting young kids. … You can’t double his team. He would have passed to Ron Artest who is averaging 30. That year .”

Frye went so far as to say that Ming would be the best player in the league if he was healthy and played in the NBA today. Jefferson shared and made it clear that smaller ball centers like Green and PJ Tucker would not be effective in stopping the Chinese star.

“Draymond isn’t guarding him, like that five little ball?” Jefferson said. “PJ Tucker, as if you can’t do that with a man this big. Because he’ll bend inward. You put him down, you mustn’t collapse and then throw him. He might strengthen someone in a pick-and-roll, but like him, Shaq, you can’t Going to Draymond on Shaq.”


Draymond Green thinks he’s the best defender ever

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors

In an interview with the “Dubs Talk” podcast (h/t NBC Sports Bay Area) last year, Draymond Green made headlines by saying something ironic.

Green has been declared the best defender in NBA history. He was confident in his resume as well as his skills. He explained that he has all the qualities to be a great defender.

“I think I’m the best defender I’ve ever played in the NBA,” Green said. “I stand by that. I would put myself up against anyone. I think when you look at the things that make a good defender — reaction time, strength, the ability to see the picture long before they develop, and most importantly, in order to finish Defensive possession, you have to bounce, and I think I bounce well.”

Draymond considers himself the greatest defender in NBA history. https://t.co/CyhRqS4hFT

There is no denying that Greene is a fantastic defender. He’s one of the best of his generation and probably one of the best ever. However, there are other great defenders in NBA history, such as Bill Russell, Tim Duncan, Gary Payton, Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace.


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