Golden State Warriors All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have made the 2018-19 All-Defense Second Team.
The league announced the selections on Wednesday morning.
2018-19 NBA All-Defensive:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 22, 2019
First team: Rudy Gobert, Paul George, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Marcus Smart, Eric Bledsoe.
Second team: Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard.
It’s Thompson’s first time making an All-Defense team, and it felt inevitable this year. A narrative followed Thompson all season long, as national broadcasters repeatedly lamented that the sharpshooter had never made one of the teams.
By the end of the year, there was so much discussion and outrage over Thompson’s prior snubs that it felt all but guaranteed that he’d be voted in this year.
And he was! Thompson was joined by Green, who made his fifth straight All-Defense team. Green has been on the First Team three times, and the Second Team twice.
Green and Thompson were joined on the Second Team by Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), and Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors).
The First Team was comprised of Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), and Eric Bledsoe (Bucks).
Thompson received 23 First Team votes and 36 Second Team votes from the panel of 100 media members. Green received two First Team votes and 57 Second Team votes.
Four other Warriors received All-Defense votes: Kevin Durant (four Second Team votes), Steph Curry (one First Team vote), Andre Iguodala (one Second Team vote), and, remarkably, Jordan Bell (one Second Team vote).