That includes naming the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. 100 sportswriters from across the globe vote on the players named to these teams.
2016-17 NBA All-Defensive First Team:
- F | Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
- C | Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
- F | Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
- G | Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
- G | Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Second Team:
- G | Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
- G | Danny Green, San Antonio Spurs
- C | Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- F | Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City Thunder
- F | Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
You know who thinks those 100 sportswriters got it wrong? Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns phenom and future of the franchise thinks those 100 sportswriters got it wrong.
No Avery Bradley all-defense?! On the behalf of the players... he deserves it!— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 26, 2017
Bradley received the most points of any player not named to an All-Defensive squad with 46. That includes 12 first-place votes.
In January Booker torched Bradley’s Celtics for 70 points in a historic performance at TD Garden. Just last week we were treated to the story about how Josh Jackson isn’t particularly impressed by Danny Ainge or Boston’s basketball history.
So while I’m skeptical that Booker, if pressed, would offer an opinion on who should not be on the teams listed above, this olive branch does not go unrecognized.
Also, Devin Booker does not speak on behalf of the players. Maybe that’s not a bad idea, though.