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Warriors' Green heads NBA All-Defensive First Team

Warriors' Green heads NBA All-Defensive First Team

Green was key to Golden State's lethal small-ball lineup, spending plenty of time at center as the vocal last line of defense. He also averaged 1.3 steals per contest. An eight-year pro, Green averaged 1.04 steals and 0.85 blocks to go along with 7.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.6 minutes. He led the league in steals and on February 10 had the league's first triple-double that didn't include any points, finishing with 11 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists. He finished 11th among all rookies with 61 votes - two fewer than Dallas guard Yogi Ferrell, who named the last spot on the All-Rookie Second Team. Green has been named the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.

Whiteside was not included in the NBA All-Defensive teams announced on Monday.

Roberson joined Memphis' Tony Allen, San Antonio's Danny Green, New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo on the All-Defense Second Team.

On Monday, Wall got a new beef to add to his list with the announcement of the league's All-Defensive Teams, as the Kentucky product made neither the First nor Second squads. He shot.379 (118-311) from beyond the arc. The other three are George Gervin, Robinson and Duncan.

The Warriors finished with the league's best record for third straight season (67-15) and led the National Basketball Association in opponents field goal percentage and three-point percentage.

What makes Green especially important is his ability to play center in the Warriors' devastating small lineups, namely the Hamptons Five group of Green, Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams.


editors' picks

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