Dray does not have the physical skills to be considered the best defender ever. He is, however, one of the smartest defenders to ever play the game. He makes up for less than ultimate physical skills by his anticipation, always seeming to be in the right place at the right time. He is unique and elite in this facet of his defensive game.
One of the unsung capabilities of this team is it's mental abilities on the defensive side of the ball. Iguodala, Bogut, and Green are all floor generals on the defensive side of the ball, getting all the other players in the right position to be effective. As individual defenders, the above three are joined by Klay and perhaps, Looney as elite one-on-one defenders. Ron Adams is probably the greatest defensive mind in the league and has the players all working together, in a switching mode, to maintain a cohesive unit.
Also unsung is the front office, who has purposely acquired these players specifically to play this type of defensive scheme. Lots of 6'7" guards, who can switch onto larger players and not be taken advantage of in a post-up. Even the larger players, like Looney and KD can switch on to a guard and still be effective. Nobody talks about the Warriors defense, just the three point shooting, but it's a narrow and false view of the real reason they are dominant.
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Last edited by RayGuy; 05-18-2019 at 11:57 AM.