Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Green leading vote-getter for All-Defensive team

Green leading vote-getter for All-Defensive team

The awards show capped its ceremony by announcing Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook as the Most Valuable Player for 2016-17. It is the second time Beverley has been named to an All-Defensive Team, having earned Second Team distinction in 2013-14. This is his first NBA Defensive POY honor. His averages of 1.00 block and 5.1 rebounds per game ranked third and 12th respectively among perimeter players.

The All-Rookie Second Team features Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss, Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell.

On the season, Wall averaged 2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game.

Both are great defenders, but the Defensive Player of the Year award resides in the Green residence in Oakland, CA this year.

Green, who helped the Warriors take their second National Basketball Association crown in 3 seasons, was a near unanimous pick with 99 first-team votes.

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Kawhi Leonard #2 and Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs high five each other during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 4, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to vying for DPOY honors, Gobert joins Antetokounmpo and the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic as a finalist for the league's Most Improved Player award.

First-team vote gave players two points while the second-team vote only accounted for one point. The NBA Awards are chosen by a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Gobert got 97 and Leonard received 93.

Green finished with 73 first place votes, while Gobert trailed with 16 and Leonard with 11.

The Warriors also won Fan Vote awards for Best Assist (Stephen Curry and Draymond Green), Best Performance (Klay Thompson) and Best Playoff Moment (Kevin Durant), as announced at the awards show.

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