Green had finished second to the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard each of the past two seasons, but responded with one of the most dominating defensive seasons of the past decade.
He had 106 steals and a career-high 154 blocks to become the NBA’s first 100/150 player since Dwyane Wade in 2008-09.
“This isn’t an individual award,” Green said onstage after accepting his award. “It’s five guys out there on the court every time. I can’t do this all by myself, I appreciate them.”
Green led the league in steals (2.03), was second in deflections (3.9), fifth in contested shots, eighth in player defensive rating (99.3 points allowed per 100 possessions) and 12th in blocks (1.39).