Green ‘couldn't believe' he got two second-place MVP votes


Earlier this week, Steph Curry captured his second straight MVP award.

His teammate, Draymond Green, finished in seventh place.

The "heartbeat" of the Warriors even received two second-place votes.

"It felt pretty dope (laughter)," Draymond told KNBR 680 on Thursday night. "I couldn't believe it, but that was pretty dope."

Draymond also received six fourth-place votes and 18 fifth-place votes.

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The Warriors drafted Green in the second round (35th overall) of the 2012 draft.

As a rookie, he averaged 2.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 13.4 minutes per game. He made 14 of his 67 3-point attempts.

This year, he registered 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks over 34.7 minutes per contest. He went 100-for-258 (38.8 percent) from beyond the arc.

"You gotta enjoy it at some point," Draymond added. "You can't look at everything and say, 'Ah, this has got to motivate me.' Obviously, to see that, it makes you say, 'Ah, man. If I continue to work, maybe I can do more.' But at the same time, I'm thankful for that.

"I can't say I expected it. Especially that ... You're talking MVP of the league and to get votes in that area, I mean that was incredible to me. So I'm thankful for it, I don't take it for granted."

The Warriors signed Draymond to a 5-year, $82 million extension last summer.

He finished runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year each of the last two seasons, and was an All-Star this year for the first time.

He expects to get even better.

"Like I said, it's one of those things that makes you say, 'Man, if I've gotten this far, if I continue to work, and see how far I can take this thing.'"

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who Draymond will face off against in the Western Conference Finals, finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Kawhi Leonard came in second, and LeBron James placed third.

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