The NBA announced the 2016-17 All-Defensive teams on Monday afternoon and John Wall just missed the cut to earn the second All-Defensive team honors of his career.
Wall received 14 first-place votes, the fifth most among guards, but seventh overall in overall votes. He finished behind Patrick Beverley and Chris Paul (who earned First Team honors), Tony Allen and Danny Green (who earned Second Team honors), as well as Avery Bradley and Klay Thompson in the final tally.
It didn’t take long for Wall to offer his stance on the voting after the results came out:
Wall, who still can’t properly quote a tweet in the year 2017, had some very impressive individual numbers on defense this season. He averaged 2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game, both very impressive numbers for a point guard. However, the team’s defense as a whole probably hurt Wall’s candidacy. When he was named Second Team All-Defense in 2015, the Wizards finished fifth in Defensive Rating. This season, Washington was 20th.
Here’s how the final tally came out among the top 13 vote-getters. No other Wizards received a vote.
2016-17 NBA All-Defensive First Team
Position | Player, Team | 1st Team Votes | 2nd Team Votes | Total Points
F | Draymond Green, Golden State | 99 | -- | 198
C | Rudy Gobert, Utah | 97 | 2 | 196
F | Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio | 93 | 6 | 192
G | Chris Paul, LA Clippers | 61 | 18 | 140
G | Patrick Beverley, Houston | 38 | 34 | 110
2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
G | Tony Allen, Memphis | 17 | 46 | 80
G | Danny Green, San Antonio | 21 | 26 | 68
C | Anthony Davis, New Orleans | -- | 58 | 58
F | Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City | 3 | 47 | 53
F | Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee | 7 | 21 | 35
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Avery Bradley, Boston, 46 (12); Klay Thompson, Golden State, 45 (16); John Wall, Washington, 38 (14)