OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA announced Wednesday the names of their All-Defensive first and second teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder were represented by one player with two others receiving votes.
Paul George was voted onto the first team. He received 195 total votes, with 96 first-team votes. He came behind Utah’s Rudy Gobert with 97 first-team and 196 total votes. George is also one of the three finalists for Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to Gobert and George, the third finalist for the award, Giannis Antetokounmpo also was named to the first-team.
George is also one of three finalists for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award. The NBA Awards Show will announce the winners live on TNT on June 24th.
George led the NBA in steals (2.2 per game), pass deflections (3.8) and loose balls recovered (2.1). The Thunder’s small forward was on his way to the finest performance for a season in his career until two shoulder injuries in the final month hampered his progression.
Russell Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson were included on players who received votes.
Westbrook received two first-team votes and five second-team votes. Ferguson received one second-team vote after becoming a starter in the second season of his career.
Westbrook finished fifth in the regular season in steals with 1.9 per game. Along with George, the Thunder’s All-Stars helped anchor a defense that ranked fourth in the NBA with a 106.4 defensive net rating.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports