For the past two seasons, Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard have battled for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, with Kawhi winning both times.
Now, the two defensive superstars headline the NBA's All-Defensive First Team, with Leonard narrowly edging out Green in terms of total points, as well as first team votes.
2 notes:— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) May 25, 2016
1) No Lakers even received a vote, which is hilarious. #DefensiveCoach
2) LeBron not on either team. Wow pic.twitter.com/yckcVj3RoA
As our buddy Anthony Irwin noted, LOOOOOL Lakers. Nice job with that defensive coach.
Also, it is a bit of a shock that LeBron James did not make either team. But, at the same time, Draymond Green received five second team votes, which I assume all went to Paul George. So, you know, things are crazy out here with people just throwing votes around.
Either way, this Draymond vs. Kawhi defensive battle for post season awards is a thing of beauty. Both players are young, both are hungry for more. We'll see if Draymond can finally get over that hump next year and claim the DPOY award for himself.