In news that should shock absolutely no one who watched the Golden State Warriors this year, Draymond Green has been named first-team All-Defense by NBA award voters. That was a foregone conclusion after Green finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, but it’s still great to see the Dubs defensive ace get recognized.
Green is joined on the first team by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons, and the Milwaukee Bucks duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday. The second team consisted of 76ers center Joel Embiid, 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle, Los Angeles Clippers wing Kawhi Leonard, and Miami Heat forwards Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.
It’s the fourth time that Green has named first-team All-Defense, following selections in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. He also has two second-team All-Defense selections in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Add in a Defensive Player of the Year trophy, and Green has built himself quite an incredible defensive resume.
Of the 100 media members who received All-Defense ballots, 80 selected Green for the first team, 16 selected him for the second team, and four omitted them from their ballots.
Andrew Wiggins was the only other Warrior to receive All-Defense votes this year, as he received one vote for second team.