Westbrook set to learn if his historic season was an MVP one

Posted June 28, 2017

Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard, who rounded out the top three in voting for the team, were the other two nominees for defensive player of the year.

He was blocked on the first team by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, who missed 21 games this season but still made his ninth All-Defensive team, and Houston's Patrick Beverly.

The Warriors' emotional leader, Draymond Green, was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Monday at the league's first Awards show in NY. That unit terrorized opponents for much of the season and kicked into high gear in the playoffs as Golden State romped its way to the title.

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A closer look at Green’s Del Toro loafers.		REX Shutterstock
A closer look at Green’s Del Toro loafers. REX Shutterstock

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to go out there and do what I love everyday", he said. This past season, the subtraction of Andrew Bogut and addition of Kevin Durant meant less offensive work but far more defensive work for Green.

Brogdon, Saric and Embiid were finalists for the NBA Rookie of the Year.

The best backcourt defenders who were named to the team were Tony Allen and Danny Green. He also averaged 12.8 rebounds and 14.0 points in his fourth season. Gobert was named on 97 first-team ballots and Leonard on 93. New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was the center and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Oklahoma City's Andre Roberson the forwards. Leonard received 192 points in total, with 186 of them coming from the votes for the first team. There were four global players on the first team for the first time in the award's history.

By capturing All-Defensive honors, Gobert also earned himself some more money. It will be announced tonight in the NBA's inaugural postseason awards show.

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