Andre Roberson was named to the All-Defensive Second Team NBA squad.
The Oklahoma City Thunder forward received three first team votes to go along with 47 second team votes. Joining Roberson on the second team is Tony Allen from the Memphis Grizzlies, Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs, Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks.
The All-Defensive First Team NBA included Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors, Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs, Chris Paul from the L.A. Clippers and Patrick Beverley from the Houston Rockets.
Russell Westbrook received 10 overall votes and five first team nods. Steven Adams‘ name also was listed as players receiving votes — the New Zealand native received one second team vote.
Roberson’s position at small forward may have been the culprit in leaving the talented defender off the first team. In the 2016-17 season, Roberson allowed 107 points per 100 possessions.
Routinely guarding the opponent’s best guard or wing player, the San Antonio native thrusted himself as one of the premier defenders in the NBA. The Colorado alum’s reputation as one of the more difficult defenders to face grew as the Thunder moved through the post-Kevin Durant era.
Roberson now looks forward to his first experience of uncertainty as he becomes a free agent on July 1st. Earlier in the year, Oklahoma City and Roberson could not come to an agreement on an extension, allowing the All-Defensive Second Teamer the opportunity to test the free agency market.
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