Draymond Green on Klay Thompson not being named to All-NBA team: ‘I think it’s bulls—’


Draymond Green has never been one to mince words, so hearing his opinion on the All-NBA teams shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The Warriors forward, an All-NBA third team selection, was not happy to hear his teammate Klay Thompson did not make the cut when the full list was revealed Thursday afternoon. While Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant made All-NBA second team, Thompson’s name was in the “others receiving votes” category with 14 total points. How did Green feel about that?

“Yeah, I think it’s bulls—,” Green told reporters Thursday. “When you look around the team, what we win, 67 games or something like that? And we probably just handed teams three or four? Talking a possible 70-win season. I think Klay’s one of our top three guys. To not be on an All-NBA team, I think it’s pretty crazy. There’s some guys on there as scorers averaging 20 points and don’t have near as many wins as we have. So how he could be left out, I don’t really understand it.”

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Durant offered a much different take, realizing the degree of difficulty in choosing only 15 players when there were so many outstanding single-season performances.

“It’s hard to come up with those teams, man,” Durant said. “So many great players. So many players had great seasons. It’s kind of hard to put guys on the first, second, third team because so many guys played well this year. Just grateful to be a part of the list. Obviously, I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is.”

No one is arguing Thompson had a poor year by any means, but the guards were loaded. If you add Thompson, who gets eliminated? As Durant noted, there are no easy answers.

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Green made his point and defended his guy, which is completely understandable. But it’s not simple “BS” that kept Thompson off the All-NBA roster.