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KAWHI LEONARD AND PATRICK BEVERLEY NAMED TO ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

 

September 10, 2020

Jevone Moore

Kawhi Leonard is once again one of the best defensive players in the NBA.

The NBA announced that L.A. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Patrick Beverley have both been named to the All-Defensive Second Team. This marks the sixth time in Leonard's career and third time in Beverley's that they have received All-Defensive distinctions, as well as the third time in franchise history that multiple Clippers have been named to an NBA All-Defensive team in the same season.

Led by Leonard and Beverley, the Clippers' defense earned the fifth-best defensive rating (106.9) in the NBA this season.

Leonard, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, tied for fifth in the NBA in steals per game (1.8) this season, while appearing in 57 games for the Clippers and averaging career-highs in points (27.1), assists (4.9) and defensive rebounds (6.1). Leonard was previously named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2017, 2016 and 2015 and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2019 and 2014.

This year, Beverley ranked second on the team in steals per game (1.1) and recorded the fifth-most defensive rebounds per game (4.1) by any player listed at 6-foot-3 inches and under. Beverley was previously named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2016 and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014.

The 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Patrick Beverley (L.A. Clippers) and Eric Bledsoe (Milwaukee Bucks).

 

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