Leonard is the first Raptor ever to make an All-Defensive team with Danny Green and Pascal Siakam missing the cut this time out. The NBA announced its two annual All-Defensive teams today, and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard made the second team as a forward.
Congratulations to Kawhi Leonard on being named to the 2018/19 All-Defensive Second Team! #WeTheNorth | @Raptors pic.twitter.com/NIT6XXrkF2— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 22, 2019
Leonard is — almost unbelievably — the first Toronto Raptor to ever make an All-Defensive squad.
Leonard led the Raptors with 1.8 steals per game and was second on the team with 7.3 rebounds (a career high); he also contributed 3.4 defensive win shares, second on the team behind Pascal Siakam.
This is Leonard’s fifth All-Defensive team selection; he has three first-team selections. This year he received five first team votes, and 29 second team votes, for a total of 39 points.
Leonard’s teammates Siakam and Danny Green both narrowly missed making the squad; Green actually received more votes than Leonard — 19 first and 28 second, for 66 total points — but faced stiff competition in the guard category. Siakam finished with 24 points in the forward category. Kyle Lowry also received three second-team votes. That four Raptors received votes, and four finished …
Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ