Jeff Rabjohns reports on the NBA All-Defensive team and the fact that 42 different players received at least one vote for the first or second team honor but none played for the Indiana Pacers.
Not sure this is really news. As Rabjohns points out, the Pacers team defensive numbers improved this season even if no individuals stood out.
The Pacers were seventh in the league in opponent field goal percentage (44.9) and opponents' effective field goal percentage (48.65), which takes into account the basic math that a made 3-pointer is worth 50 percent more than a made 2-pointer. They were 12th in defensive efficiency (103.4), which measures points allowed per 100 possessions, a much better gauge of defense than points allowed per game, which can be a result of pace of play.
The Pacers defensive effort in the playoffs reached new heights, but the All-D team is voted on after the regular season. At that point, which individual Pacer would you even consider worthy of a vote?
The good news for next season is that the hype for Paul George's effort in the playoffs will put him on everyone's radar as a strong, multi-position defender from the start of the season on. Hopefully, he'll take that role and run with it next year, collecting a few all-defensive team votes along the way.