Spurs’ Leonard, Warriors’ Green and Clippers’ Jordan make debuts on NBA All-Defensive First Team

NEW YORK – San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. He is one of three players to make his first All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard received 116 First Team votes and 242 points from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The NBA All-Defensive First Team also includes forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (229 points, 107 First Team votes), guard Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (207 points, 88 First Team votes), center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (187 points, 84 First Team votes) and guard Chris Paul of the Clippers (170 points, 67 First Team votes).

Green and Jordan, who finished second and third, respectively, in the voting for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, join Leonard as first-time selections on the All-NBA Defensive First Team. Paul made the First Team for the fourth straight season and fifth time overall, while Allen earned his third First Team nod.

Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (47 First Team votes), Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (44), Warriors center Andrew Bogut (33), Washington Wizards guard John Wall (7) and Spurs forward Tim Duncan (5).

Leonard teamed with Duncan to help San Antonio hold opponents below 100 points per game (97.0) for the 20th consecutive season. Leonard averaged career highs of 5.9 defensive rebounds and a league-leading 2.31 steals for the Spurs, who were 5.1 points better per 100 possessions on defense when he was on the floor than when he was off the floor, according to NBA.com/Stats.

Green and Allen also had significant impacts on the defensive performance of their teams. The Warriors allowed a league-low 98.2 points per 100 possessions, a defensive rating that dropped to 96.0 with Green on the court and increased to 102.1 with him off the court. Memphis’ defensive rating was 8.7 points better with Allen on the floor (94.9 per 100 possessions) than with him off the floor (103.6 per 100 possessions). Green ranked 14th in the NBA in defensive rebounding (6.7 per game), and Allen finished third in steals (2.05 per game).

Paul ranked second in the NBA in total steals (156) and fifth in steals per game (1.90). Jordan led the NBA in defensive rebounding (10.1 per game) and was fourth in blocks (2.23 per game).

For the second year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on NBA.com/official after the announcement of each winner. Click here for those results.

Below are the balloting results for the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.


   Position       Player, Team                                 1st Team                 2nd Team        Total
                                                                                      Votes (2 pts)           Votes (1pt)       Points
Forward       Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio           116                            10                    242
Forward       Draymond Green, Golden State       107                         15                    229
Guard          Tony Allen, Memphis                          88                            31                   207
Center          DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers        84                           19                    187
Guard          Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers                    67                           36                    170


 Position       Player, Team                                 1st Team                 2nd Team        Total
                                                                                    Votes (2 pts)           Votes (1pt)       Points
Forward       Anthony Davis, New Orleans            47                          61                    155
Guard          Jimmy Butler, Chicago                       44                          44                    132
Center          Andrew Bogut, Golden State            33                           36                   102
Guard          John Wall, Washington                      7                            53                     67
Forward       Tim Duncan, San Antonio                 5                            54                    64

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Rudy Gobert, Utah, 54 (5); LeBron James, Cleveland, 47 (6); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 35 (13); Avery Bradley, Boston, 26 (5); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte, 21 (2), Klay Thompson, Golden State, 19 (3); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 18 (2); Danny Green, San Antonio, 18; Trevor Ariza, Houston, 17 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 14 (2); DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta, 11 (1); Patrick Beverley, Houston, 10 (1); Khris Middleton, Milwaukee, 9 (1); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 8; Andre Iguodala, Golden State, 8; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 8; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 7 (1); Mike Conley, Memphis, 6 (2); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 6; Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia, 5 (1); P.J. Tucker, Phoenix, 4; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee, 3; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 3; Wesley Matthews, Portland, 3; James Harden, Houston, 2; Marcus Smart, Boston, 2; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 2 (1); Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix, 1; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 1; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 1; George Hill, Indiana, 1; Al Horford, Atlanta, 1; Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 1; Zaza Pachulia, Milwaukee, 1; Elfrid Payton, Orlando, 1; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 1; Rajon Rondo, Dallas, 1; Iman Shumpert, Cleveland, 1; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 1.