The NBA All-Defensive teams for the 2013-2014 season were announced Monday afternoon and New Orleans star Anthony Davis just missed the cut for Second Team All Defense.
Davis finished behind only DeAndre Jordan in the others receiving votes category by finishing with 62 points (players received 2 points for a first team vote and one for a second team vote). Davis received 16 votes for first team forward and two for first team center while also pulling in 22 Second Team forward and four second team center votes.
The First Team All Defense forwards were Pacers star Paul George and Thunder big man Serge Ibaka while the second team were Miami’s LeBron James and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard. At center Davis finished behind Joakim Noah, the first team center and Roy Hibbert for the second team.
In all reality it is hard to argue for Davis over any of the six players, especially considering that each of those six players helped carry teams to top 10 defensive rankings and playoff berths. While Davis was clearly a disruptive force and injuries hurt the Pelicans, there still is room for him to grow on the defensive end.
In the long run Davis should have his share of All Defensive teams to his name but the balloting brings up an interesting thing to watch. Davis spent most of his minutes this season at power forward, yet of the four All Defensive team forwards three played on the wing. In today’s day and age, elite wing defenders come to mind more quickly than elite power forward defenders so that trend may continue going forward, especially with George and Leonard so young and James still in his prime.
What that could mean for Davis is nods as the first team center in the future, despite the fact that he plays most of his minutes at power forward. It could also lead to an eventual change in the balloting along the lines of the All Star game where media start to vote for two guards, two wings and a big man. It will bear watching to see how it impacts Davis going forward but for this year at least it was a step in the right direction for the Pelicans young star and one that clearly was noticed by national media.