No Surprise That Tim Duncan Is Selected to All-Defense Second Team

By George Middleton

When the All-Defensive Teams were selected yesterday, one thing was written in stone: Kawhi Leonard is on the first team. Something that wasn’t guaranteed was Tim Duncan being selected to a team, but I expected it.

With that said the NBA recognized Duncan’s defensive efforts and named him to the All-Defensive

May 2, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) makes the game-winning shot over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) in the fourth quarter in game seven of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Clippers won 111-109. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Second team. It’s the seventh time Duncan has been selected to the second team, making it his 15 defensive team selection overall.

After missing either team last season Duncan returned as a selection. Duncan’s defense was much needed especially with Tiago Splitter and Leonard missing at least 15 games apiece.

On the season the Spurs allowed 97 points a game (3rd) and allowed teams to shoot only 44% from the field. The Spurs also eighth in blocks and 11th in steals per game.

A big reason to the Spurs team success on the defensive end, was certainly Duncan as he controlled the paint. Duncan averaged 9.1 rebounds and 2 blocks on the year. He put up those numbers despite playing 29 minutes a game, lower than your typical star player.

His 1.95 blocks a game were the most by a player of at least 38-years old since the NBA began tracking blocks in 1973.

With Duncan and Leonard making a defensive team, it marked the 12th time in Spurs history that multiple Spurs made the team.

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