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2015-16 NBA All Defensive Teams Announced

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  • 2015-16 NBA All Defensive Teams Announced

    Kawhi, Draymond, Avery Bradley lead 2016 All-Defensive First Team

    It's probably not much consolation, after a postseason run that ended two rounds sooner than he would've liked, but Kawhi Leonard just earned a unanimous selection to the NBA's 2016 All-Defensive First Team.

    After getting selected on all but 13 First Team ballots last year, the San Antonio Spurs star and reigning and back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year received first-place nods on all 130 ballots cast by sportswriters and broadcasters, earning a perfect 260 possible "award points" in voting. (You get two points for each First Team selection, and one point for each Second Team nod.) Leonard is once again joined on the First Team by Golden State Warriors forward and DPoY runner-up Draymond Green, who received 123 first-place votes, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who made 47 First Team ballots and 43 Second Team slots to total 137 points, good enough for his second All-Defensive berth.

    Jordan's teammate, point guard Chris Paul, joined that frontcourt troika on the First Team for the second straight season, receiving 59 First Team votes and 30 Second Team votes (148 total points) to make his sixth First Team. While he was joined in the backcourt last year by Memphis Grizzlies stopper Tony Allen, though, the final 2015-16 First Team spot went to Boston Celtics perimeter ace Avery Bradley, who received 62 First Team votes and 30 Second Team votes for a total of 148 points, slotting him comfortably ahead of his nearest contenders for top-team status and earning him the second All-Defensive bid of his career (he landed on the Second Team after the 2012-13 season) and his first First-Team spot.

    Allen joined Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler, Indiana Pacers star Paul George, versatile Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap and shot-blocking Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside on the All-Defensive Second Team. It's the fifth All-Defensive trip for Allen, the third for both George and Butler, and the first for Whiteside, whose rocket ride from playing in Lebanon and China to likely receiving max contract offers this summer remains one of the NBA's craziest stories, and Millsap, who finished fifth in Defensive Player of the Year voting after acting as the all-court linchpin of the Hawks' second-ranked defense.