The Golden State Warriors won’t be taking home any regular season individual awards this year. But they still received some recognition. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Draymond Green earned second team honors for the All-Defensive team.
Six players selected to an NBA All-Defensive Team for their First Time! pic.twitter.com/sm9nmQOIT6— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) May 23, 2018
The first team features Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Pelicans), and Robert Covington (Philadelphia 76ers). Green is joined on the second team by Joel Embiid (76ers), Al Horford (Boston Cetics), Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs), and Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves).
There’s a pretty strong case for Green - the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year - to be on the first team. But given that he missed a handful of games, and was slowed by injuries for much of the year, it’s hard to get too upset about his placement. He had a down year by his standards, but still was recognized as one of the league’s top defensive players.
It’s the fourth time that Green has made an All-Defensive team, though his previous three appearances were on the first team.
Two other Warriors entered the season with hopes of making the team for the first time, and they were almost rewarded. Kevin Durant received 31 points, and 7 first place votes, good for fourth-best among those who missed the cut. Klay Thompson had 24 points and 8 first place votes, which was fifth.
Beyond that, I don’t recommend looking at the voting. There are some terrifying votes, including, among others, 7 points and 1 first place vote for Russell Westbrook, and votes for Damian Lillard and LeBron James.
Either way, congrats to Draymond!