Despite leading the NBA with 14.1 rebounds while averaging 2.1 blocks and setting a career high with 57 steals this season, Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside finished short in the voting for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team.
Whiteside totaled 25 points, including one First Team vote, well behind the 58 total points Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans received as the center for the All-Defensive Second Team.
In contrast to the All-Rookie Team voting, those who vote for the All-Defensive Team must select two guards, two forwards and a center for each team. Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote.
DeAndre Jordan of the L.A. Clippers was the only other NBA center to receive more votes (35) than Whiteside without making either team.
In addition to Davis, the NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of guards Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (80 points, 17 First Team votes) and Danny Green of the Spurs (68 points, 21 First Team votes), and forwards Andre Roberson of the Oklahoma City Thunder (53 points, 3 First Team votes) and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (35 points, 7 First Team votes).
The NBA All-Defensive First Team features guards Chris Paul of the LA Clippers (140 points, 61 First Team votes) and Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets (110 points, 38 First Team votes), forwards Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (198 points, 99 First Team votes) and Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (192 points, 93 First Team votes), as well as center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz (196 points, 97 First Team votes).
Whiteside helped anchor one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, particularly in the second half of the season. He started the season with a 13-game streak of at least 10 rebounds and one block each, tying the third longest streak in NBA history since blocks became a stat (according to Elias). He also blocked a shot in a career-long 47 consecutive games during the season, the longest streak in the NBA since Marcus Camby in the 2007-08 season and the second longest streak in Heat history.
More than likely Whiteside will have something to say about the voting results on his social media channels soon and there is little doubt that he will use it as motivation for next season.