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Draymond Green And Kawhi Leonard Headline 2016-17 All-Defensive Team


In a surprise to no one, Golden State's Draymond Green, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and Utah's Rudy Gobert have been overwhelmingly chosen to headline the NBA All-Defensive first team.

Chosen by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, Green received 99 first team votes, Gobert received 97 and Leonard 93.

Joining the defensive trio are guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets, who amassed 61 and 38 first team votes respectfully. Paul was named to the First Team for the sixth consecutive season and the seventh time overall. Beverley, a 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive Second Team choice, was selected to the First Team for the first time.

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Combining for the second team are guards Tony Allen of Memphis and Danny Green of San Antonio, joined alongside by Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, Andre Roberson of OKC, and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks.

Players who were extremely close to making the cut were Boston's Avery Bradley, Washington's John Wall, Golden State's Klay Thompson and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.

Funnily enough, Boston Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas received a single vote. Thomas is infamously known for his bad defense.