Leonard, Green earn National Basketball Association all-defensive honors

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Anthony Davis picked up yet another postseason honor on Monday.

Danny Green also received praise, as he was selected to his first team - All-Defensive Second Team - becoming eighth player in franchise history to be named to a defensive team.

On this year's All-Defensive Team ballot, Roberson, who started at small forward for the Thunder with the addition of Victor Oladipo into the starting lineup, was designated exclusively as a forward. He's the first Spurs player to be named to the first team in three straight seasons since Bruce Bowen earned five straight selections from 2004 to 2008.

Other Thunder players receiving votes for All-Defensive honors were Russell Westbrook (10 votes, five first-place votes) and Steven Adams (one second-place vote).

Leonard led the Spurs this season, averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 132 total steals. His 2.2 blocks per game ranked second in the league. From the start of December through the end of the season, Houston ranked third in the National Basketball Association with 8.50 spg after averaging just 7.00 spg the first 18 games, of which Beverley missed 11. It was also the second time Davis earned that distinction.

Whiteside was not included in the NBA All-Defensive teams announced on Monday.

The first team All-Defensive team consisted of Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Draymond Green (Warriors), Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Paul (Clippers) and Patrick Beverley (Rockets).

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