The NBA announced its All-Defensive teams on Monday, and there was a notable snub that players around the league noticed. Avery Bradley, the lockdown perimeter defender for a Celtics team that finished atop the East, failed to earn a spot.
Unsurprisingly, Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard led the first team by a wide margin. Chris Paul and Patrick Beverley earned the two guard spots to round out the first team. Tony Allen and Danny Green were the two guards voted to the second team, with Anthony Davis, Andre Roberson and Giannis Antetokounmpo rounding out that group.
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— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2017
Bradley was the first snub with 46 points, which is actually a lot more than Antetokounmpo’s 35. But selections are position-specific, and Bradley fell well short of the second-team guards, Allen (80 points) and Green (68).
Here’s how players from all over the NBA reacted:
How did Avery Bradley not make first or second team all defense ????
— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) June 26, 2017
How the hell is Avery Bradley not on the all defensive team?? That's crazy!!
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) June 26, 2017
No Avery Bradley all-defense?! On the behalf of the players… he deserves it!
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) June 26, 2017
How the hell Avery Bradley is not in the 1st all defensive team ?
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) June 26, 2017
What are yall's thoughts on Avery Bradley not making an All NBA Defensive team? ?
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) June 26, 2017
— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) June 26, 2017
Avery Bradley got my vote ??
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) June 26, 2017
Someone need slapped … Avery Bradley ain't make one team ? ? fuxk outa heaaaa
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 26, 2017
Smh they not watchin these games bro lol https://t.co/uIQ0FFobpG
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 26, 2017
A few retired players chimed in as well:
He's viewed as a Top 3 wing defender in this league by players!!! https://t.co/G3gjZvFHUY
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) June 26, 2017
— Marquis Daniels (@Marquis_Daniels) June 26, 2017
Dont care what team you put Avery Bradley on but he should be on an All Defensive team. No question about it.
— nick vanexel (@vanexel31) June 26, 2017
Notice how a lot of those guys are shooting guards who have gone head-to-head with Bradley.
By the numbers, Bradley is far from the best perimeter defender in the NBA. He allowed 0.992 points per possession, although sharing a backcourt with Isaiah Thomas, possibly the worst defensive point guard in the league, contributed to that. (Oddly enough, Thomas got a vote here too.)
Although there wasn’t as much Twitter outrage from players, Wizards guard John Wall was another backcourt snub. Wall joined Green as the two players to average at least two steals per game this season. Even though the advanced stats favor Wall ahead of Bradley, he finished eight points behind the Celtics guard.
You can take award voting only so seriously. After all, Thomas managed to get a vote. By the numbers, Bradley is also a somewhat questionable selection. But I think it’s pretty clear he’d make the cut if the players had a vote.