CHICAGO – On a day which a report indicates that one of the Bulls best defenders might be done with the team, another strong defensive player on the squad got an honor from the NBA.
On Wednesday Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive 2nd team, earning 26 votes for the second team and even 18 for the third team. It’s the third time in Butler’s young career that he has made the league’s All-Defensive 2nd team.
This season Butler had 5.6 rebounds a contest while also coming up with 1.9 steals per game-a career high. That went along with his career-high 20.9 points per game and 4.8 assists per game on the offensive end.
Butler was joined on the second team by the Hawks forward Paul Millsap, Pacers forward Paul George, Heat center Hassan Whiteside and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.
Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named unanimously named the league’s Defensive Player of the year and highlighted the first team that included Warriors forward Draymond Green, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Celtics guard Avery Bradley.