San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard has been named this season’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
He took the away in a close threeway race over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.
Leonard, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, won the defensive honor despite not having the most first-place votes. Leonard’s 333 points in the voting system was enough to edge out Green, who had 317 points and 45 first-place votes to Leonard’s 37.
Jordan finished third in the voting with 32 first-place votes and 261 points overall.