Kawhi Leonard & Tim Duncan Earn NBA All-Defensive Team Honors

SAN ANTONIO (May 20, 2015) - The NBA today announced that the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.  Additionally, Tim Duncan earned All-Defensive Second Team honors, marking the 15th time in his career he has been selected to an All-Defensive Team, the most in NBA history.With their selections it marks the 12th time in franchise history the Spurs have had multiple players named to an All-Defensive Team in the same season.It's the second consecutive selection for Leonard, who was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team last season. In 2014-15, he became only the sixth forward to lead the NBA in steals per game since the league started tracking the statistic 42 years ago, averaging a career-best 2.31 steals.  The California native recorded multiple steals in 37 games, including four-or-more on 16 occasions. For the year, Leonard averaged a team-high 16.5 points while recording 7.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31.8 minutes.Duncan's 15th All-Defensive Team selection ranks him three ahead of Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett who have each been selected to 12 NBA All-Defensive Teams. Also trailing Duncan on the list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (11) and Scottie Pippen (10). The NBA introduced the All-Defensive Team in 1968-69.In 2014-15, Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.95 blocks (eighth in the NBA) in 28.9 minutes. He became the first player in NBA history to average at least 13.0, points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.50 blocks for an entire season at the age of 38-years-or-older.Duncan's 1.95 blocks per game is the highest average of any NBA player 38-years-or-older since the NBA started keeping track of blocked shots in 1973.Leonard and Duncan helped anchor a Spurs defense that held opponents under 100 points per game (97.0) for an NBA-record 20th consecutive season.  The Silver and Black finished the regular season with a 55-27 record and clinched a playoff berth for the 18th consecutive year, the longest active streak in the NBA.Comprising this year's First Team along with Leonard are guards Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers, forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and center DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers.Joining Duncan on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team are guards John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls, forward Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets  and center Andrew Bogut of the Warriors.