Warriors’ Draymond Green named to NBA’s 2020-21 All-Defensive First Team

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Although Draymond Green didn’t win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, the Golden State Warriors forward will still earn some hardware for his defensive effort from the 2020-21 season.

On Monday, the league named Green to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team. The Michigan State product joined Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday for the 2020-21 edition of the All-Defensive First Team.

Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Kawhi Leonard, Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, along with Philadelphia’s Matisse Thybulle and Joel Embiid have been named to the league’s All-Defensive second team.

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Green received 80 first-team votes, the third-highest mark on the All-Defensive First Team, trailing only Gobert and Simmons.

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During the 2020-21 campaign, Green helped captain Golden State’s defense to a top-five defensive rating (109.4). Over the season, the 31-year-old averaged 1.7 steals (his highest mark since 2017) and 0.8 blocks per contest on the defensive end.

Over his career, Green has been named to the league’s All-Defensive team six different times, including four first-team nods. Green also earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor in 2017. The former second-round pick finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting in the 2020-21 season.

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