Mike Brown explains where Draymond has edge over Kawhi defensively

Mike Brown explains where Draymond has edge over Kawhi defensively

As the man who isolates himself with Draymond Green during post-practice sessions, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has gotten to know Green and appreciate his defense.

As someone who spent most of last season working with and observing the Spurs, Brown also got an up-close and personal look at San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard, the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

In short, Brown one of the few coaches to work closely with both defensive aces and, therefore, is in a unique position compare and contrast.

“The first thing is their versatility,” Brown said this week on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast. “Both guys have a lot of versatility on the defensive end of the floor.

“I don’t think Kawhi has the ability to guard positions 1 through 5 as good as Draymond. Draymond is better guarding the bigger, post players than Kawhi. But when you’re talking about defending positions 1 through 4, probably, they’re very similar. They’re both very strong. Both have long arms.”

Green and Leonard, Brown pointed out, are among the very few players capable and comfortable grabbing a rebound and immediately dribbling as the point man in transition.

“Where Draymond may have the edge is he can guard centers consistently, and for long minutes,” Brown said. “I’m not quite sure if Kawhi can do that on a night-in, night-out basis.”

The biggest difference, according to Brown, is Leonard spends more time as a one-on-one defender on guards and wings. He excels in taking away a single player.

Green excels at taking away spaces all over the floor.

“Kawhi can hone in, or lock in, on specific guys,” Brown said. “And what you’re getting from Draymond can change from possession to possession, not only what he’s going to bring to the table for you with your defense as a whole but in guarding different guys.

“Draymond doesn’t have to go into a game knowing he’s going to lock in on this specific guy. We can move him. Or he can even move himself from guy to guy to guy on different individual possessions.”

For the record, Brown, considered by most to be a defensive-minded coach, believes Green should be the Defensive Player of the Year.


Report: Warriors sign former Pacers forward


Report: Warriors sign former Pacers forward

The Warriors reportedly added a player on Wednesday morning.

Golden State signed Georges Niang to a partially guaranteed contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Warriors already have 15 players with fully guaranteed contracts for next season.

It's possible that Niang ends up signing a two-way contract and spend the majority of the season in Santa Cruz.

Former Oregon big man Chris Boucher inked a two-way deal with the Warriors back in mid-July.

The Pacers selected Niang in the second round (50th overall) of the 2016 draft.

Last year, the power forward appeared in 23 games for Indiana.

He also played in six contests with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants -- averaging 19 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

The Pacers waived Niang last month.

As a senior at Iowa State, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while shooting 39 percent from deep.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Steve Nash lashes out against Donald Trump in profanity-filled tweet


Steve Nash lashes out against Donald Trump in profanity-filled tweet

Donald Trump spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon about the situation in Charlottesville.

He said the following:

"I think there is blame on both sides. What about the 'alt-left' that came charging at, as you say, the 'alt-right,' do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem? I think they do.

"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now."

Shortly thereafter, Steve Nash tweeted the following:

"To defend white supremacists and then slang his shi**y as* grape juice pretty much sums the man up."

The end.