Make it a three-peat for CP3 being named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. (Varon Panganiban/Clippers)
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third season in a row today. Paul received 156 points (64 First Team votes, 28 Second Team votes).
Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls led all candidates in voting (223 points), while forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (161 points), forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (152 points) and guard/forward Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors (148 points) rounded out the First Team.
Paul led the NBA in steals per game (2.48 spg) and got the First Team nod, despite missing 20 games with a right shoulder injury suffered in January.
He is the only Clipper in franchise history to be named to the All-Defensive Team.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors, along with Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (44 First Team votes), Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (29 First Team votes), San Antonio Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard (16 First Team votes) and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (15 First Team votes).