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  • Draymond Green recently stated that he's the best defender to ever play in the NBA
  • Tony Allen disagreed, asking who Green has actually locked down
  • Metta World Peace chimed in, saying Green is a Top-5 all-time defender

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has no shortage of confidence in his abilities whatsoever.

The eight-year NBA veteran has helped the Golden State Warriors to three NBA championships by virtue of his leadership and presence on the defensive end of the floor.

Without question, Green is the Warriors’ defensive anchor. His Defensive Player of The Year nod and five All-Defensive Team selections are proof of that.

Green himself knows just how good he is on that end of the floor. In fact, he believes that he’s the best ever.

“I think I'm the best defender to ever play in the NBA. I'll stand by that. I'll put myself up against anyone,” Green said on an episode of the Dubs Talk podcast.

Obviously, that kind of claim will spark a debate, regardless of how good a defender really is. As expected, there are those who don’t exactly share Green’s beliefs. Among those is NBA veteran Tony Allen.

Known to his fans as “The Grindfather,” Allen was himself a defensive anchor for a number of successful NBA teams, including a championship-winning Boston Celtics team as well as the Memphis Grizzlies that had deep postseason runs.

In classic Draymond Green fashion, he had a nice little rebuttal for Allen.

While Green may not have Allen on his side, he does have a fellow NBA champion’s approval.

Metta World Peace, who’s also known for his grit and tenacity on the court, had high praise for Green, pointing out that the Warriors forward is a Top-5 all-time defender in his book.

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Sure, it’s easy to argue that there are a number of players in history that are more deserving to be hailed as the "Defensive G.O.A.T.," but it’s equally hard to contend the impact that Green has had on the Warriors.

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