The second team consists of LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Roy Hibbert.
Lebron is still one of the best defenders in the league, but given Miami finished 11th in defensive rating this season after being a top-five defensive team the last two seasons, it’s not a surprise to see him on the second team instead of the first — where he had finished the last four years.
Players who finished just short of making the second team include DeAndre Jordan and Anthony Davis. You can bet it won’t be long before both are staples on All-Defensive Teams year in and year out, especially in Davis’s case.
Just in case you are curious, James Harden received two votes, which gives us an excuse to present his defensive highlights from this season:
(video via the estimable @J_069)
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