Patrick Beverley was named to the NBA All-Defensive 2nd team today.
Here’s the breakdown of the votes, courtesy of NBA.com:
NBA All-Defensive First Team
Position | Player, Team | 1st TeamVotes(2 pts) | 2nd TeamVotes (1pt) |TotalPoints
Center | Joakim Noah, Chicago | 105 | 13 | 223
Forward | Paul George, Indiana | 65 | 31 | 161
Guard | Chris Paul, LA Clippers | 64 | 28 | 156
Forward | Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City | 54 | 44 | 152
G/F | Andre Iguodala, Golden State 57 | 34 | 148
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Forward | LeBron James, Miami | 57 | 20 | 134
Guard | Patrick Beverley, Houston | 44 | 24 | 112
Guard | Jimmy Butler, Chicago | 29 | 45 | 103
Forward | Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio | 16 | 57 | 89
Center | Roy Hibbert, Indiana | 15 | 46 | 76
Beverley seemed happy to receive the honor.
Pat Beverley: “I’m ecstatic. People are taking notice. I’m excited. For me to only be playing in the NBA for a year and a half, it’s great.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 2, 2014
What may be the most interesting part of the NBA All-Defense teams is that James Harden received votes. Yes, the same James Harden that hasn’t played defense since his siblings tried to steal his candy away from him.
How bad was Harden on defense this season? Bad enough that we had our boy @DarthTexan draw up this picture to the right. Yes, turnstile-bad defense.
Other interesting notes? Dwight Howard received six first team votes, and only 26 total points, not good enough to be Roy Hibbert for second team all defense.
No other Houston Rockets player received any votes.
Congrats to Patrick Beverley and we hope to see him on the first team next season. Harden on the other hand, we can only dream!