For Leonard, Green and Jordan, the All-Defensive selections are the first of their careers. Paul nabbed a spot on the first team for the fourth-straight season and Allen, who famously yelled "First Team All-Defense" during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, earned a first team selection for the third time in his career.
Leonard led San Antonio's tremendous defensive effort, averaging a career-high 5.9 defensive rebounds and a league-leading 2.31 steals per game. Green was the focal point of Golden State's switching defense which limited opponents to a league-low 98.2 points per 100 possessions. Paul ranked second in the NBA in total steals and Jordan led the NBA in defensive rebounding (10.1 per game) while finishing fourth in blocks.
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Golden State Warriors Center Andrew Bogut, Washington Wizards guard John Wall and Spurs forward Tim Duncan were named to this year's All-Defensive second team.
- Jake Fischer