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Spurs' Leonard, Warriors' Green and Clippers' Jordan make debuts on NBA All-Defensive First Team

POSTED: May 20, 2015 2:18 PM ET

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Kawhi Leonard led all players with 116 First Team votes.

— San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. He is one of three players to make his first All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard received 116 First Team votes and 242 points from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The NBA All-Defensive First Team also includes forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (229 points, 107 First Team votes), guard Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (207 points, 88 First Team votes), center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (187 points, 84 First Team votes) and guard Chris Paul of the Clippers (170 points, 67 First Team votes).

Green and Jordan, who finished second and third, respectively, in the voting for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, join Leonard as first-time selections on the All-NBA Defensive First Team. Paul made the First Team for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall, while Allen earned his third First Team nod.

Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (47 First Team votes), Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (44), Warriors center Andrew Bogut (33), Washington Wizards guard John Wall (7) and Spurs forward Tim Duncan (5).

Leonard teamed with Duncan to help San Antonio hold opponents below 100 points per game (97.0) for the 20th consecutive season. Leonard averaged career highs of 5.9 defensive rebounds and a league-leading 2.31 steals for the Spurs, who were 5.1 points better per 100 possessions on defense when he was on the floor than when he was off the floor, according to NBA.com/Stats.

Green and Allen also had significant impacts on the defensive performance of their teams. The Warriors allowed a league-low 98.2 points per 100 possessions, a defensive rating that dropped to 96.0 with Green on the court and increased to 102.1 with him off the court. Memphis' defensive rating was 8.7 points better with Allen on the floor (94.9 per 100 possessions) than with him off the floor (103.6 per 100 possessions). Green ranked 14th in the NBA in defensive rebounding (6.7 per game), and Allen finished third in steals (2.05 per game).

Paul ranked second in the NBA in total steals (156) and fifth in steals per game (1.90). Jordan led the NBA in defensive rebounding (10.1 per game) and was fourth in blocks (2.23 per game).

For the second year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on NBA.com/official after the announcement of each winner. Click here for those results.

Below are the balloting results for the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

2014-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team

Position Player / Team 1st (2 pts.) 2nd (1 pt.) Total Points
Forward Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio 116 10 242
Forward Draymond Green, Golden State 107 15 229
Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 88 31 207
Center DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers 84 19 187
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 67 36 170

2014-15 NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Position Player / Team 1st (2 pts.) 2nd (1 pt.) Total Points
Forward Anthony Davis, New Orleans 47 61 155
Guard Jimmy Butler, Chicago 44 44 132
Center Andrew Bogut, Golden State 33 36 102
Guard John Wall, Washington 7 53 67
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 5 54 64

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Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Rudy Gobert, Utah, 54 (5); LeBron James, Cleveland, 47 (6); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 35 (13); Avery Bradley, Boston, 26 (5); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte, 21 (2), Klay Thompson, Golden State, 19 (3); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 18 (2); Danny Green, San Antonio, 18; Trevor Ariza, Houston, 17 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 14 (2); DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta, 11 (1); Patrick Beverley, Houston, 10 (1); Khris Middleton, Milwaukee, 9 (1); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 8; Andre Iguodala, Golden State, 8; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 8; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 7 (1); Mike Conley, Memphis, 6 (2); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 6; Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia, 5 (1); P.J. Tucker, Phoenix, 4; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee, 3; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 3; Wesley Matthews, Portland, 3; James Harden, Houston, 2; Marcus Smart, Boston, 2; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 2 (1); Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix, 1; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 1; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 1; George Hill, Indiana, 1; Al Horford, Atlanta, 1; Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 1; Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee, 1; Elfrid Payton, Orlando, 1; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 1; Rajon Rondo, Dallas, 1; Iman Shumpert, Cleveland, 1; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 1.

All-Time All-Defensive Teams

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2014-15
First Team Second Team
Kawhi Leonard Anthony Davis
Draymond Green Jimmy Butler
Tony Allen Andrew Bogut
DeAndre Jordan John Wall
Chris Paul Tim Duncan
2013-14
First Team Second Team
Joakim Noah LeBron James
Paul George Patrick Beverley
Chris Paul Jimmy Butler
Serge Ibaka Kawhi Leonard
Andre Iguodala Roy Hibbert
2012-13
First Team Second Team
LeBron James Tim Duncan
Serge Ibaka Paul George
Tyson Chandler Marc Gasol
Joakim Noah Avery Bradley
Tony Allen Mike Conley
Chris Paul  
2011-12
First Team Second Team
Chris Paul Kobe Bryant
Tony Allen Rajon Rondo
Dwight Howard Tyson Chandler
LeBron James Luol Deng
Serge Ibaka Kevin Garnett
2010-11
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Tony Allen
Kevin Garnett Tyson Chandler
Dwight Howard Andre Iguodala
LeBron James Joakim Noah
Rajon Rondo Chris Paul
2009-10
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Tim Duncan
Gerald Wallace Thabo Sefolosha
Dwight Howard Josh Smith
LeBron James Anderson Varejao
Rajon Rondo Dwyane Wade
2008-09
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Tim Duncan
Kevin Garnett Ron Artest
Dwight Howard Shane Battier
LeBron James Rajon Rondo
Chris Paul Dwyane Wade
2007-08
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Shane Battier
Bruce Bowen Raja Bell
Marcus Camby Dwight Howard
Tim Duncan Chris Paul
Kevin Garnett Tayshaun Prince
2006-07
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Kevin Garnett
Bruce Bowen Kirk Hinrich
Marcus Camby Jason Kidd
Tim Duncan Ben Wallace
Raja Bell Tayshaun Prince
2005-06
First Team Second Team
Ron Artest Chauncey Billups
Bruce Bowen Marcus Camby
Andrei Kirilenko Tim Duncan
Ben Wallace Kevin Garnett
Kobe Bryant (tie)
Jason Kidd (tie)
Tayshaun Prince
2004-05
First Team Second Team
Tim Duncan Chauncey Billups
Bruce Bowen Marcus Camby
Kevin Garnett Andrei Kirilenko
Ben Wallace Tayshaun Prince
Larry Hughes Jason Kidd (tie)
Dwyane Wade (tie)
2003-04
First Team Second Team
Ron Artest Doug Christie
Bruce Bowen Tim Duncan
Kevin Garnett Andrei Kirilenko
Ben Wallace Theo Ratliff
Kobe Bryant Jason Kidd
2002-03
First Team Second Team
Doug Christie Ron Artest
Kobe Bryant Bruce Bowen
Kevin Garnett Shaquille O'Neal
Ben Wallace Eric Snow
Tim Duncan Jason Kidd
2001-02
First Team Second Team
Jason Kidd Kobe Bryant
Gary Payton Bruce Bowen
Kevin Garnett Doug Christie
Ben Wallace Dikembe Mutombo
Tim Duncan Clifford Robinson
2000-01
First Team Second Team
Jason Kidd Kobe Bryant
Gary Payton Bruce Bowen
Kevin Garnett Doug Christie
Dikembe Mutombo P.J. Brown
Tim Duncan Shaquille O'Neal
1999-00
First Team Second Team
Kobe Bryant Jason Kidd
Gary Payton Eddie Jones
Kevin Garnett Scottie Pippen
Alonzo Mourning Clifford Robinson
Tim Duncan Shaquille O'Neal
1998-99
First Team Second Team
Tim Duncan Mookie Blaylock
Gary Payton Eddie Jones
Alonzo Mourning P.J. Brown
Jason Kidd Dikembe Mutombo
Karl Malone (tie)
Scottie Pippen (tie)
Theo Ratliff
1997-98
First Team Second Team
Michael Jordan Mookie Blaylock
Karl Malone Eddie Jones
Dikembe Mutombo Tim Duncan
Gary Payton Charles Oakley
Scottie Pippen David Robinson
1996-97
First Team Second Team
Michael Jordan Mookie Blaylock
Karl Malone P.J. Brown
Dikembe Mutombo Anthony Mason
Gary Payton Hakeem Olajuwon
Scottie Pippen John Stockton
1995-96
First Team Second Team
Michael Jordan Mookie Blaylock
Dennis Rodman Horace Grant
David Robinson Derrick McKey
Gary Payton Hakeem Olajuwon
Scottie Pippen Bobby Phills
1994-95
First Team Second Team
Mookie Blaylock Nate McMillan
Dennis Rodman Horace Grant
David Robinson Derrick McKey
Gary Payton Dikembe Mutombo
Scottie Pippen John Stockton
1993-94
First Team Second Team
Mookie Blaylock Nate McMillan
Charles Oakley Horace Grant
Hakeem Olajuwon David Robinson
Gary Payton Dennis Rodman
Scottie Pippen Latrell Sprewell
1992-93
First Team Second Team
Joe Dumars Dan Majerle
Michael Jordan Horace Grant
Hakeem Olajuwon David Robinson
Dennis Rodman Larry Nance
Scottie Pippen John Starks
1991-92
First Team Second Team
Joe Dumars Patrick Ewing
Michael Jordan Buck Williams
David Robinson Micheal Williams
Dennis Rodman Larry Nance
Scottie Pippen John Stockton
1990-91
First Team Second Team
Alvin Robertson Joe Dumars
Michael Jordan Dan Majerle
David Robinson Hakeem Olajuwon
Dennis Rodman Scottie Pippen
Buck Williams John Stockton
1989-90
First Team Second Team
Joe Dumars Derek Harper
Michael Jordan Rick Mahorn
Hakeem Olajuwon Kevin McHale
Dennis Rodman Alvin Robertson
Buck Williams David Robinson
1988-89
First Team Second Team
Joe Dumars Patrick Ewing
Michael Jordan A.C. Green
Mark Eaton Kevin McHale
Dennis Rodman Alvin Robertson
Larry Nance John Stockton
1987-88
First Team Second Team
Michael Cooper Fat Lever
Michael Jordan Karl Malone
Rodney McCray Buck Williams
Kevin McHale Alvin Robertson
Hakeem Olajuwon Mark Eaton (tie)
Patrick Ewing (tie)
1986-87
First Team Second Team
Michael Cooper Maurice Cheeks
Dennis Johnson Derek Harper
Alvin Robertson Rodney McCray
Kevin McHale Paul Pressey
Hakeem Olajuwon Mark Eaton
1985-86
First Team Second Team
Maurice Cheeks Manute Bol
Mark Eaton Dennis Johnson
Kevin McHale Michael Cooper
Sidney Moncrief Bill Hanzlik
Paul Pressey Alvin Robertson
1984-85
First Team Second Team
Maurice Cheeks T.R. Dunn
Mark Eaton Dennis Johnson
Michael Cooper Bobby Jones
Sidney Moncrief Hakeem Olajuwon
Paul Pressey Danny Vranes
1983-84
First Team Second Team
Maurice Cheeks T.R. Dunn
Bobby Jones Dennis Johnson
Michael Cooper Dan Roundfield
Sidney Moncrief Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Tree Rollins Larry Bird
1982-83
First Team Second Team
Moses Malone T.R. Dunn
Bobby Jones Michael Cooper
Dan Roundfield Kevin McHale
Sidney Moncrief Tree Rollins
Maurice Cheeks (tie)
Dennis Johnson (tie)
Larry Bird
1981-82
First Team Second Team
Dennis Johnson Quinn Buckner
Bobby Jones Sidney Moncrief
Dan Roundfield Lonnie Shelton
Caldwell Jones Jack Sikma
Michael Cooper Larry Bird
1980-81
First Team Second Team
Dennis Johnson Quinn Buckner
Bobby Jones George Johnson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Dan Roundfield
Caldwell Jones Kermit Washington
Michael Ray Richardson Dudley Bradley (tie)
Michael Cooper (tie)
1979-80
First Team Second Team
Dennis Johnson Quinn Buckner
Bobby Jones Dave Cowens
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Eddie Johnson
Dan Roundfield Kermit Washington
Michael Ray Richardson (tie)
Don Buse (tie)
Scott Wedman
1978-79
First Team Second Team
Dennis Johnson M.L. Carr
Bobby Jones Lionel Hollins
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Eddie Johnson
Bob Dandridge Maurice Lucas
Don Buse Moses Malone
1977-78
First Team Second Team
Lionel Hollins Quinn Buckner
Bobby Jones E.C. Coleman
Bill Walton Bob Gross
Maurice Lucas Norm Van Lier
Don Buse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (tie)
Artis Gilmore (tie)
1976-77
First Team Second Team
E.C. Coleman Jim Brewer
Bobby Jones Don Chaney
Bill Walton Brian Taylor
Norm Van Lier Jamaal Wilkes
Don Buse Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1975-76
First Team Second Team
Dave Cowens Jim Brewer
John Havlicek Phil Smith
Paul Silas Jim Cleamons
Norm Van Lier Jamaal Wilkes
Slick Watts Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1974-75
First Team Second Team
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Don Chaney
John Havlicek Dave Cowens
Paul Silas Elvin Hayes
Walt Frazier Bob Love
Jerry Sloan Norm Van Lier
1973-74
First Team Second Team
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Don Chaney
John Havlicek Nate Thurmond
Norm Van Lier Elvin Hayes
Dave DeBusschere Bob Love
Jerry Sloan (tie) Jim Price (tie)
Walt Frazier (tie) Dick Van Arsdale (tie)
1972-73
First Team Second Team
Wilt Chamberlain Don Chaney
John Havlicek Nate Thurmond
Jerry West Mike Riordan
Dave DeBusschere Paul Silas
Walt Frazier Norm Van Lier
1971-72
First Team Second Team
Wilt Chamberlain Don Chaney
John Havlicek Nate Thurmond
Jerry West Bob Love
Dave DeBusschere Paul Silas
Walt Frazier (tie)
Jerry Sloan (tie)
Norm Van Lier
1970-71
First Team Second Team
Gus Johnson Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Nate Thurmond John Havlicek
Jerry West Jerry Sloan
Dave DeBusschere Paul Silas
Walt Frazier Norm Van Lier
1969-70
First Team Second Team
Gus Johnson Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Willis Reed John Havlicek
Jerry West Bill Bridges
Dave DeBusschere Joe Caldwell
Walt Frazier Jerry Sloan
1968-69
First Team Second Team
Gus Johnson Rudy LaRusso
Willis Reed John Havlicek
Jerry West Bill Bridges
Dave DeBusschere Tom Sanders
Walt Frazier Jerry West

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