Draymond Green thinks he's 'the best defender to ever play in the NBA,' but Tony Allen disagrees

Liz Roscher
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Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors thinks he's pretty great at his job. On Tuesday's episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast, he let everyone know, in no uncertain terms, just how great he thinks he is.

"You know, I can go all around the league and find good defenders, I just don't think any of them are as good as me," Green said. "I think I'm the best defender to ever play this game. One hundred percent. That's my opinion."

Green didn't just leave it there. He elaborated on why he thinks he's better than literally every other defender who has ever played in the NBA.

Via NBC Sports Bay Area:

"I also think I view the game a lot differently than most people view the game because I think I just see it from a different perspective. I think when you look at the things that make a good defender: Reaction time, toughness, being able to see the picture long before it develops, and most importantly, in order to finish a defensive possession, you got to rebound, and I think I rebound well.

"When I look at all the facets that make up the defensive side of the ball, I think I'm great in every facet that makes up that side of the ball. I think I'm the best defender to ever play in the NBA. I stand by that, I'd put myself up against anyone."

Tony Allen does not think Green is the best defender ever

There was no way Green could make such a big statement and get no pushback. Tony Allen, 15-year NBA veteran and six-time of the NBA All-Defense Team, pushed back in a big way.

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It wasn't over. Allen, who Kobe Bryant once called "the best defender I ever faced," went on "The Odd Couple" with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker to discuss Green's "best ever" statement.

Via Fox Sports:

Chris Broussard: “Did it bother you that Draymond comes out and says he’s the ‘best defender ever?' "

Tony Allen: “Yeah, you know it did, obviously… That ain’t nothing you just come out and say… It rubbed me the wrong way… He's cut from the cloth I’m cut from. Every time I see him play, I see him out there throwing his body out there, ready to get confrontational, ready to disrupt any offense by taking charges, and things of that nature. That’s what I know you for. But I ain't heard Dirk Nowitzki come out and say, 'Man, that bo, Draymond Green…' I ain't heard LaMarcus Aldridge come out and say 'That boy Draymond Green…' Nah, what his game is, he's already stamped. He's a champion. He's a DPOY. But when you say you’re the best in the world? No, stop it… Can he do that same thing if he was on the Charlotte Hornets right now?? Can he have that same impact on another team? We all know him from passing the ball to Klay, making plays, being disruptive on the defensive end, taking charges, and making the prolific scorer on the other team irritated – that’s his defense to the game. He ain’t locking in no KD the last five minutes of the game and stopping KD from scoring five or six buckets in a row to win. That’s what I call a ‘lockdown defender.’ What he do is very honorable and very respectable, but as far you saying you’re the ‘best’? Man, we gotta talk about this."

Well then. Allen may want to talk about it, but something tells me Green won't want to hear what he has to say.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 15: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors defends Cedi Osman #16 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter at Chase Center on February 15, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Draymond Green thinks he's the best defender of all-time, but not everyone agrees with him. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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