KAWHI LEONARD NAMED TO NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Matt Schad, Sr. Digital Developer
SAN ANTONIO (May 25, 2016) – The NBA today announced that Kawhi Leonard, the 2015-16 Defensive Player of the Year, has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second consecutive season.
 
The NBA Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons receives his third straight selection overall, after being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2013-14. Leonard was one of two players in the league this season to record at least 125 steals and 70 blocks, along with Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, averaging 1.78 steals and a career-best 0.99 blocks. The fifth-year forward also averaged a career-high 21.1 points to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 33.1 minutes while shooting .506 (551-1,090) from the floor and a personal-best .443 (129-291) from beyond the arc and .874 (292-334) from the free throw line. 
 
Leonard helped pilot the Spurs defense that allowed a league-best 92.9 points per game and held their opponents under 100 points in 62 contests, guiding the Silver and Black to a franchise-best 67-15 record. San Antonio held their opponents under 100 points per game for a NBA record 21st straight season and reached the playoffs for the 19th consecutive year, the longest active streak and fourth-best in league history.
 
The only Spur to ever win multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards, Leonard is the first San Antonio player to be named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in back-to-back seasons since Tim Duncan in 2007 and 2008. The Spurs have now been represented on the NBA All-Defensive Team in 27 of the last 30 seasons.
 
Below are the balloting results for the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive Teams.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
 
2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
 
   Position      Player, Team                               1st Team                2nd Team        Total
                                                                             Votes (2 pts)         Votes (1pt)      Points
   Forward      Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio   130                        --                      260
   Forward      Draymond Green, Golden State    123                        5                      251       
   Center         DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers     47                          43                    137
    Guard        Avery Bradley, Boston                   62                          25                    149       
   Guard         Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers                59                          30                    148
                                                                                                          
2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
 
   Position      Player, Team                               1st Team                2nd Team        Total
                                                                             Votes (2 pts)         Votes (1pt)      Points
   Forward      Paul Millsap, Atlanta                    11                          75                    97
   Forward      Paul George, Indiana                    5                            38                    48
    Center        Hassan Whiteside, Miami             44                          38                    126
   Guard         Tony Allen, Memphis                   44                          33                    121
   Guard         Jimmy Butler, Chicago                 18                          26                    62         
 
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Rudy Gobert, Utah, 64 (17); Klay Thompson, Golden State, 49 (16); Jae Crowder, Boston, 47 (3); LeBron James, Cleveland, 43 (5); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 43 (9); Danny Green, San Antonio, 39 (9); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 35 (12); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 33 (5); Ricky Rubio, Minnesota, 30 (6); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit, 27 (3); Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 24 (3); Andre Drummond, Detroit, 14 (5); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 14 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 13 (3); Andre Iguodala, Golden State, 13 (3); Patrick Beverley, Houston, 11 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 7 (1); Marcus Smart, Boston, 7 (2); John Wall, Washington, 6; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee, 3; Trevor Ariza, Houston, 3; Kent Bazemore, Atlanta, 3; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 3 (1); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 3 (1); Nicolas Batum, Charlotte, 2; Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 2 (1);LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio, 1; Harrison Barnes, Golden State, 1; Bismack Biyombo, Toronto, 1; Mike Conley, Memphis, 1; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1; Derrick Favors, Utah, 1; George Hill, Indiana, 1; Wesley Matthews, Dallas, 1; Luc Mbah a Moute, Los Angeles Clippers; Kristaps Porzingis, New York, 1; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City, 1; Mike Scott, Atlanta, 1; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 1.
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