One year after making his first-career All-Defensive first team, Avery Bradley was surprisingly left off of the 2016-17 teams when the NBA made its announcement on Monday.
Bradley, who many considered to be one of the best defenders in the league, tallied more votes than any other player in the Eastern Conference. He finished with 46 total points, including 12 first-team votes -- which placed him fifth among guards -- behind Clippers guard Chris Paul (140), Rockets guard Patrick Beverly (110), Grizzlies veteran Tony Allen (80) and Spurs guard Danny Green (68).
NBA announces 2017 All-Defensive teams. First team: Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Patrick Beverley pic.twitter.com/WtwjIbPQds— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 26, 2017
Led by teammate Isaiah Thomas, players around the league took to Twitter to express their displeasure in not seeing Bradley selected to one of the All-Defensive teams. Bradley's back court mate certainly wasn't the only who didn't agree with the snubbing.
From Suns guard Devin Booker to the Trail Blazers' back court duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, a handful of NBA players were shocked to not see Bradley receive All-Defensive team honors.
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
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
Btw Avery Bradley not making at least 1st team All Defense is so crazy to me.. I wanna know who these voters are smh— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 27, 2017
I'm upset I didn't make it.... but HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE Avery Bradley on either team??? Makes no sense whatsoever. #nohate #realtalk https://t.co/vj7i0PtoT8— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) June 26, 2017
Bradley missing 27 games this past season is probably the strongest case against him not making either team. One thing that's for sure is that you can expect to see a much more motivated Bradley in 2017-18 -- a contract season and another opportunity for him to prove why he is arguably the best defending guard the NBA has to offer.
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