Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team
May 26 2018
This season, Green averaged a career-low 105.0 defensive rating per 100 possessions. He also becomes just the third Trail Blazers player to be named All-NBA First Team along with Clyde Drexler who earned that honor in 1991-92 and Bill Walton who made the cut in 1977-78.
Murray, who beat out Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets by five points and ended his seven-year streak of making one of the two defensive teams, ranked second among point guards in defensive rebounding percentage behind Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Davis, who is also one of the three finalists for 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year, was named to an All-Defensive team for the third time in his career, but it was his first time being chosen as a member of the first team. Joining Butler on the second team were Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, San Antonio's Dejounte Murray, Golden State's Draymond Green and Boston's Al Horford. The 7-1 center averaged the most contested shots (15.0) on the year and had the second-most blocked shots in the National Basketball Association after the All-Star break (55).
Davis led the National Basketball Association in blocks for the third time in his career (2.6 per game) and ranked No. 6 in the National Basketball Association in defensive real plus-minus (3.8).
Harden, the league's scoring champion and odds on favourite to take home MVP honours, is a unanimous selection for the second straight season. He finished with an NBA-high 25 triple-doubles and led the league in assists average for the first time.
Oladipo led the National Basketball Association in steals and closed out the year with an active streak of 64 consecutive games with a steal.