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- Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team today.
Spurs small forward/cyborg/Popovich muse Kawhi Leonard earned All-Defensive First Team honors today for the first time in his career.
Leonard, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the second team last year. This year he was the leading vote-getter, finishing 13 votes ahead of Golden State forward Draymond Green.
Tim Duncan snuck onto the All-Defensive Second Team with the fewest votes of any honoree. It’s another laurel to add to Duncan’s preposterously successful legacy — not that the guy has anything left to prove. Duncan has nabbed first or second team All-Defensive honors 15 times over his 18 season in the NBA.
Spurs shooting guards Manu Ginobili and Danny Green also received votes. Ginobili picked up just one, while free-agent-to-be Green received 18.
Here’s 10 minutes of Leonard embarrassing people with the audacity to try and score on him: