Draymond Green, Klay Thompson voted NBA All-Defensive Second Team Draymond Green, Klay Thompson voted NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Warriors stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have been voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, the league announced on Wednesday Draymond Green has been selected to the 2018-19 @NBA All-Defensive Second Team 💪 pic
com/3vRnt6jXyP — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 22, 2019 👏 Klay Thompson has been selected to the 2018-19 @NBA All-Defensive Second Team pic
com/Bmw1QwSNag — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 22, 2019
Here are the full results, as voted on by media members NBA announces All-Defensive teams: pic
com/BzLEVy3fcy — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 22, 2019
This is Green's fifth time being voted to an NBA All-Defensive team He's been named to the first team three times and now twice to the second team Thompson, in his eighth season, is finally on an All-Defensive team for the first time
Warriors teammate Kevin Durant was adamant earlier in the season that Thompson deserved to be on the All-Defensive team "Yeah, but All-Defensive team is voted on by people who don't really know the game," Durant told reporters in March
Green admitted throughout the year that he wasn't playing defense at the caliber he's capable of But as he's dominated throughout the postseason, averaging 99 rebounds, 17 blocks and 14 steals per game, the do-it-all forward has claimed he's the best defender in NBA history
“That’s what I believe Wholeheartedly," Green told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson Why Raptors are better matchup for Warriors in NBA Finals than Bucks Why Raptors are better matchup for Warriors in NBA Finals than Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Kawhi Leonard?
Khris Middleton, or Pascal Siakam?
Brook Lopez, or Marc Gasol?
Eric Bledsoe, or Kyle Lowry?
The Warriors know they will face either the Bucks or Raptors for the 2019 NBA Championship, but as for which team presents the tougher matchup, it's a toss-up
Just look at the current state of the Eastern Conference finals Milwaukee looked absolutely dominant, winning the first two games at home before the script flipped entirely in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto
The result? A series that is now tied at two games apiece The Bucks and Raptors appear quite evenly matched, and it's anyone's guess as to who will ultimately prevail out of the East
In making quick work of the Blazers in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors left themselves plenty of time to rest up before the Finals begin They'll have more than a week in between games, offering adequate time to ponder questions such as: which opponent would be a better matchup for Golden State?
While the margin between the two teams is razor-thin, there's reason to believe the Warriors would match up slightly better with the Raptors than they would the Bucks
There were only two teams in the league that ranked in the top five in both offensive and defensive rating during the regular season: The Bucks and Raptors Milwaukee ranked marginally better than Toronto in both categories, and they've maintained their close correlation into the playoffs, where the Bucks and Raptors rank first and second, respectively, in defensive rating
The Bucks, however, are averaging 1112 points per 100 possessions during postseason play -- fourth among all playoff teams -- compared to 107
5 for the Raptors, which ranks ninth.
Still, those playoff numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt, as they've been accrued against different opponents
The Bucks finished with the best record in the league during the regular season, so they had a somewhat easier path to the Eastern Conference finals than the Raptors did.
Milwaukee swept Detroit in the first round, and then after a brief hiccup in Game 1 against the Celtics, finished off Boston in five games Meanwhile, Toronto dropped their very first game of the playoffs to the Magic before eliminating Orlando in five games, and then only narrowly advanced to the Eastern Conference finals after perhaps the most dramatic game-winning shot in NBA playoff history in Game 7 against Philadelphia
As such, the Raptors played three more games than the Bucks on their way to the conference finals, and are guaranteed to have played at least two more playoff games than Golden State should they meet in the Finals
So, the Warriors would have a slightly larger collective "load" advantage against the Raptors than they would against the Bucks, but again, it's minimal That said, the fact that Golden State will have nine days of rest before the Finals begin -- while the Eastern Conference representative could have as few as two, -- could exacerbate the Dubs' advantage
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Both teams excel on both ends of the court Both are led by legitimate MVP candidates, two of the very best talents the game has to offer Both finished with better regular-season records than the Warriors, so both would have homecourt advantage over Golden State
So why the Raptors?
As we know, rotations shorten in the playoffs and typically more so the deeper in postseason play The Warriors had the luxury of extending their rotation against the inferior Blazers, but that won't be the same case against either the Bucks or RaptorsAnd the Bucks' shortened rotation appears slightly more threatening to Golden State than the Raptors'
Milwaukee likely would trot out a nine-man main rotation for the Finals, whereas it might be difficult for Toronto to find that many playable guys in a series against Golden State Of those nine Bucks players, more than half of them shot better than 35 percent from 3-point range The Raptors have only four such players on their entire roster
Two of the Bucks players that fell short of that 35-percent plateau are Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe, who -- aside from being extremely proficient interior scorers -- were both named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday Leonard was the Raptors' sole representative on either of the all-defensive teams, joining Golden State's Draymond Green and Klay Thompson on the Second Team
It's not a big difference, but at this point in the postseason, that makes plenty of sense The best teams are supposed to advance, and clearly, they have Whichever team comes out of the East will certainly pose more problems for Golden State than the Blazers did The Raptors might be a slightly better matchup for the Warriors, but if you think the Dubs are going to waltz to their third consecutive league title, you're kidding yourself Ja Morant, top NBA draft prospect, chooses Kevin Durant over LeBron James Ja Morant, top NBA draft prospect, chooses Kevin Durant over LeBron James By Dalton Johnson May 22, 2019 2:49 PM
Ja Morant soon will know his first NBA team, but he can't exactly pick his teammates
The Murray State guard is considered one of the best prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft He'll likely be a top three pick come June 20, with many pegging him to the Grizzlies at No 2 overall
If he could choose his ultimate starting five, though, he'd only have one Warrior
"Whew, it's a tough decision for the 3 I don't know if I'd pick KD or Bron," Morant said on the latest episode of Take it There with Taylor Rooks "Probably KD
Because Bron, but I feel like I can be that facilitator for this team.
" KD or Bron at the 3? @igotgame_12 names his dream starting lineup 👀Ja Morant on calling himself “Point God,” modeling his game after Russ and playing with Zion in AAU on a new “Take It There” with @TaylorRooks https://tco/OcnUeQNcDv pic
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Morant rounded out his lineup with himself as the point guard, Paul George at shooting guard, Giannis Antetokounmpo at power forward, and Anthony Davis at center.
Morant averaged 24
5 points, 10 assists and 5.
7 rebounds per game as a sophomore this season for Murray State