Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley Named to All-Defensive Team
The NBA announced that L.A. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Patrick Beverley have both been named to the All-Defensive Second Team. This marks the sixth time in Leonard's career and third time in Beverley’s that they have received All-Defensive distinctions, as well as the third time in franchise history that multiple Clippers have been named to an NBA All-Defensive team in the same season.
Led by Leonard and Beverley, the Clippers' defense earned the fifth-best defensive rating (106.9) in the NBA this season.
Leonard, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, tied for fifth in the NBA in steals per game (1.8) this season, while appearing in 57 games for the Clippers and averaging career-highs in points (27.1), assists (4.9) and defensive rebounds (6.1). Leonard was previously named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2019 and 2014.
This year, Beverley ranked second on the team in steals per game (1.1) and recorded the fifth-most defensive rebounds per game (4.1) by any player listed at 6-foot-3 inches and under. Beverley was previously named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2016 and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014.
The 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Patrick Beverley (L.A. Clippers) and Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee Bucks).