San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named to second-team All-NBA Defense, the NBA announced in a press release.
Leonard, 22, finished with the fifth-lowest defensive rating, which measures individual points allowed per 100 possessions, among forwards who qualified for the minutes leaderboard this season, according to Basketball Reference. (Low is a good thing, in this case.) The Spurs allowed 97.7 points per 100 possessions with Kawhi on the floor, compared to 102.5 when he sits.
Chris Paul, Paul George, Andre Iguodala, Serge Ibaka and Joakim Noah filled out the first team. Patrick Beverely, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Roy Hibbert join Kawhi on the second-team. Tim Duncan didn’t make the cut.
It’s Leonard’s first All-Defensive nod of his career — likely the first of many.