The San Antonio Spurs were represented twice on the 2017 NBA All-Defensive teams.
On Monday night, the 2017 NBA Awards will take place. It’s the first time the league has used a one-night event to crown the award-winning players, as there’s usually a press conference for the biggest awards given. This includes the NBA Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards, which the San Antonio Spurs will be represented in.
Hours before the event, other awards were handed out, including the 2017 NBA All-Defensive Teams being set. Two Spurs made this: Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
As ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported in the final vote tally, Leonard made the first team and Green earned a second team spot:
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— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2017
This is Leonard’s third time on the All-Defensive first team and fourth overall spot on a Defensive Team. He previously made it in 2015 and 2016, winning the Defensive Player of the Year in both of those seasons, too.
Leonard stayed as one of the NBA’s top defenders in the 2016-17 season, locking opposing players down in one-on-one situations. On the stat sheet, he put up 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
This is Green’s first time making an All-Defensive Team. He averaged 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks per game last season, and was one of the top perimeter defenders.
Leonard’s day is far from over, however. He’s up for the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year and NBA MVP awards on Monday night. The former San Diego State star will look for his third consecutive trophy in the former and a first time ever in the latter.
Gregg Popovich will also look to take home hardware. He’s up for the 2017 NBA Coach of the Year award, which will be his fourth if he wins.
It could be a big evening for the Spurs, as Popovich has the chance to boost his Pro Basketball Hall of Fame resume. Leonard’s star may shine brighter, too. Will either win awards?