Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard highlight NBA All-Defensive team

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shoots between Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley rear and guard James Harden right in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff Westbrook set to learn if his historic season was an MVP one
Alfredo Watts | 27 June, 2017, 07:57

The first set of awards have started to roll in, starting with the NBA's All-Defensive teams. Curry's detractors like to point to his allegedly subpar defense, but he did average 1.8 steals per game this season. This includes the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards, which the San Antonio Spurs will be represented in.

Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote.

Leonard, Green and Gobert are finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, which will be announced on Monday night during the nationally televised NBA Awards Show.

New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was the center and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson the forwards. He also averaged a career-highs of 25.5 points and 3.5 assists to go along with 5.8 rebounds in 33.4 minutes. Green has been named to the All-Defensive First Team in each of the last three seasons, becoming the first player in Warriors history to earn three such honors. He is one of four players in Spurs history with at least 350 steals and 350 blocks in his career.

Paul was third in the National Basketball Association in steals per game (1.95) this season. Along with Leonard, he was a big reason the Spurs were second only to Utah this season in points allowed at 98.1, the record 22nd consecutive time the Spurs have held opponents under 100.0 points per game. San Antonio already was without veteran point guard Tony Parker, who ruptured a tendon in his left quadriceps in Game 2 of the conference semifinals against Houston.