By Steve Lansdale
NEW YORK, N.Y. — While basketball fans everywhere are watching former University of Texas star Kevin Durant as he tries to lead his Oklahoma City Thunder past the Golden State Warriors for a trip to the NBA finals, another former Longhorn picked up one of the league’s highest honors when former Texas guard Avery Bradley was named to the NBA’s All-Defense first team.
In his sixth season, all spent with the Boston Celtics after being chosen with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, Bradley was the top vote-getter among all NBA guards for the all-defense team, collecting 149 points with 62 first-team votes and 25 votes for a spot on the second team. The only two players who earned more points were San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard (260 points) and Golden State forward Draymond Green (251).
Bradley also finished sixth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.
Being named to the league’s All-Defense team is not a new honor for Bradley, who was named to the second team after the 2012-13 season.