Earlier today, the NBA announced their All-Defense teams and Los Angeles Clippers point guard, once again, has made an appearance, making All-Defense first team.
Throughout his nine year career, the NBA has regularly awarded Paul for his work on the defensive side of the ball and rightfully so. Since being drafted in 2005, no player has collected more steals than Chris Paul who grabbed 1485 in the time span, 300-plus more than the person behind him in Andre Igoudala (1172). He has also lead the NBA in steals in five of his nine seasons, finishing in the top-3 in two of the other four seasons. Chris Paul is currently 41st all-time in career steals, 6th amongst active players.
This years All-Defense first-team selection marks his third consecutive appearance and his fourth overall. Only Gary Payton (9), Walt Fraziers (7) Dennis Johnson (6) have more All-Defense first team selections than Paul with Jason Kidd tied with Paul with 4. All together, Paul has appeared on six All-Defense appearance since 2007-08.
Joining Chris Paul on All-Defense first team were Paul George (IND), Andre Iguodala (GSW), Serge Ibaka (OKC), and the 2013-14 Defense Player of the Year in Joakim Noah (CHI). Chris Paul finished with 64 first-team votes, third most behind Noah (107) and George (64).
Paul isn’t the lone Clippers player to receive a vote for the category. DeAndre Jordan, who finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, received 63 total votes while Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, and Danny Granger all received one vote.
Chris Paul is the only player in Los Angeles Clippers history that has been given an All-Defense first team selection.