All-NBA Defensive First Team Announced

Esther Moore
June 28, 2017

He is the reigning back-to-back Defensive Player of Year and the only Spurs player to win the award multiple times. Green isn't just Golden State's most talented defender; he's the one who directs his four teammates into the places where they need to go. This past season, Green led the National Basketball Association in steals per game (2.03) and was the first player in Warriors history to record at least 150 steals and 100 blocked shots in a single season.

Leonard led the Spurs this season, averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and a team-high 132 total steals.

On the season, Wall averaged 2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.

Green wins the award ahead of fellow nominees Rudy Gobert and two time DPOY victor Kawhi Leonard.

The Warriors needed Green to be even better this year.


First-team vote gave players two points while the second-team vote only accounted for one point.

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Earlier Monday, Green was the leading vote-getter for the NBA All-Defensive team with 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes.

Utah center Rudy Gobert earned first team honors along with forwards Draymond Green (Golden State) and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio) and guards Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers) and Patrick Beverley (Houston).

The Second Team nod is a major accolade for Roberson heading into restricted free agency. It is the first time in his career he has been named to an All-NBA Defensive Team.

Monday night Green was announced as the Defensive Player of the Year during the NBA's Awards Ceremony.

San Antonio's Andre Roberson was also named to the second team. Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid had the best mark in the league for players who defended five shots or more per game at the rim (40.8 percent).

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