At a glance, it seemed as if the voters nailed it with the 2016-2017 NBA All-Defensive teams. The best defenders in the league, highlighted by Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert, were recognized on the first team and the insanity was largely confined to the “others receiving votes” category. That kind of stuff (like Isaiah Thomas receiving a vote) is generally harmless, even if it is frustrating to die-hards that can’t understand some of the voting choices.
However, NBA players took particular exception to one part of the ballot: Celtics guard Avery Bradley didn’t make either the first or second team. Bradley was the “eleventh” member of the ten-man group that was awarded, as he led the best of the rest with 46 voting points. It is worth noting, though, that Klay Thompson (16) actually received more first team votes than Bradley (12) but, effectively, the Bradley was the fifth guard for four spots.
From there, players fired away on Twitter with their displeasure, including a former teammate in Jared Sullinger and some players who were checked by Bradley this season.