Kawhi Leonard Named 2016 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.

Behind him was Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, followed by Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside in third.

As a team, the Spurs allowed the fewest points per game during the regular season, giving up three points fewer per contest than the Utah Jazz in second.

Individually, Leonard finished the season averaging 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He also ranked fifth in the NBA in Defensive Real Plus-Minus, as the only non-power forward or center in the top 25.

With his second straight Defensive Player of the Year award, Leonard becomes just the second perimeter player in NBA history to win in consecutive seasons, joining Milwaukee’s Sidney Moncrief in 1982-83 and 1983-84. He was the first non-big man to win the award since Ron Artest in 2003-04 when he earned the honor last season.

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