Avery Bradley's exclusion from All-Defensive team draws notice

The Pelicans big man was named second team on the NBA's All-Defensive Team.

A player who leads the National Basketball Association in steals and collects the most blocks of anyone at his position is a lock for All-Defensive honors, right?

The Second Team All-Defense features Danny Green, Tony Allen and Andre Roberson.

Beverley was third amongst guards in charges taken, sixth in the league.

In addition, Beverley averaged 1.48 steals, helping the Rockets rank fourth in the league in turnovers forced (opponents 15.1 tpg).

Paul was third in the National Basketball Association in steals per game (1.95) this season. DRPM estimates a player's impact on team defense, measured in points allowed per 100 defensive possessions. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes. Green averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in his seventh season with the Spurs, helping the team reach the Western Conference finals. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was next with 97 first-team votes and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the two-time defending defensvie player of the year, had 93 votes.

It is the first time in his career Roberson has earned All-NBA Defensive honors.

Leonard, Green and Gobert are finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year Award, which will be announced on Monday night during the nationally televised NBA Awards Show.

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