After being left out of the awards discussion last season due to injury, Paul George has, once again, made a name for himself. For the third time in his career, Indiana's franchise star has been selected to the All-NBA Third Team, earning 28 Second Team votes and 73 Third Team votes.
Along with George, LaMarcus Aldrdige of the San Antonio Spurs and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons complete the Third Team's frontcourt, while Golden State's Klay Thompson and Toronto's Kyle Lowry make up the backcourt.
George was one of only two players in the league to average at least 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and 1.5 steals. Notably, after appearing in only six games during the 2014-15 season, the three-time All-Star played in 81 of 82 games and was one of only four players to log over 195 total miles (and the only one getting it done on a surgically repaired leg).
The Pacers made the playoffs after a one-year hiatus due in large part to George's return. According to NBA.com, Indiana outscored opponents by 3.3 points per 100 possessions with the two-way star on the floor and played from behind with him on the bench.
Here are the balloting results for the 2015-16 All-NBA Teams:
All-NBA First Team
(Position, Player, Team, First Team Votes (5 points), Second Team Votes (3 points), Third Team Votes (1 point), Total Points)
F: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers: 125, 4, -- , 637
F: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: 94, 35, -- , 575
C: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers: 39, 36, 14, 317
G: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warrior: 129, --, --, 645
G: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: 120, 9, --, 627
2015-16 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
F: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder: 36, 90, 2, 452
F: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: 40, 74, 9, 431
C: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: 32, 28, 33, 277
G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: 8, 101, 10, 353
G: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: -- , 48, 73, 217
2015-16 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers: --,28, 73, 157
F: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs: 3, 11, 55, 103
C: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons: 13, 26, 30, 173
G: Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors: --, 37, 53, 164
G: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: --, 35, 50, 155
In addition to his All-NBA honors, the NBA announced yesterday that George was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team. This is his third overall selection in four seasons, after being named to the First Team in 2013-14 and Second Team in 2012-13.
Along with George, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat complete the Second Team's frontcourt, while Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls make up the backcourt.
The Pacers, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks, finished the 2015-16 with the NBA's third-best defensive rating, allowing 99.0 points per 100 possessions.
George's stellar performance in the 2015-16 post-season reinforces his place among the league's upper echelon of defenders, as he led the league in charges drawn (0.86 per game) and ranked third in deflections (3.7 per game) while holding All-Star DeMar DeRozan to 31 percent shooting.
Per NBA.com, Indiana's defensive rating was 96.6 with George on the floor in the post-season. That number ballooned to 109.5 with him on the bench. Overall, the Pacers were an astounding 40.4 points per 100 possession better with Paul George on the floor compared to when he was on the bench in the playoffs.
George Hill also received one third-place vote.
Here are the balloting results for the All-NBA Defensive Teams:
2015-16 All-NBA Defensive First Team
(Position, Player, Team, First Team Votes (2 points), Second Team Votes (1 point), Total Points)
F: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs: 130, --, 260
F: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors: 123, 5, 251
C: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers: 47, 43, 137
G: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics: 62, 25, 149
G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: 59, 30, 148
2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
F: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks: 11, 75, 97
F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers: 5 , 38, 48
C: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat: 44, 38, 126
G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies: 44, 33, 121
G: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls: 18, 26 , 62