Throughout the 2015-2016 NBA season, Paul Millsap was praised for his all-around performance, including on the defensive end. On Wednesday, Millsap was rewarded for his defensive effort, as the Atlanta Hawks power forward was named to the NBA's All-Defensive second team.
Millsap received 11 first-team votes to join Paul George at the forward position on the second team, but both finished behind the dynamic forward duo of Golden State's Draymond Green and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard in the voting. The 31-year-old forward finished the season as the only player in the NBA with at least 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals per game, and Millsap's incredible hands and positioning have become a staple of Mike Budenholzer's defense.
In addition to Millsap's honor, the Hawks landed three additional players on the "others receiving votes" list. Al Horford, who garnered a single first-team vote, received the most voting points, with Kent Bazemore and Mike Scott (!!!!!!!!) also receiving recognition for their defensive work.
Paul Millsap was the best defensive player on the second-best defense in the NBA this season, and he was handsomely rewarded for his stellar play. Congratulations, Paul.