The J Notes’ NBA Year-End Awards for the 2015-16 Season

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Apr 4, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

As with the All-NBA teams, the ballots varied dramatically in the All-Defensive Team voting.

Now, before I get torn to shreds over the placement of a certain stifling Jazz center, let me say preemptively that Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside tied in total points, but that the Heat big man won the tiebreaker by receiving more first-place votes.

If Gobert hadn’t missed a quarter of the season, it’s pretty safe to say you’d be looking at a different result here. As it stands, Gobert’s injuries must be taken into account.

Again, no homers here!

The league’s top defenders this season as selected by Purple & Blues–

All-Defensive First Team

Chris Paul, LAC

Avery Bradley, BOS

Kawhi Leonard, SAS

Draymond Green, GSW

Hassan Whiteside, MIA

All-Defensive Second Team

Mike Conley, MEM

Jimmy Butler, CHI

Andre Iguodala, GSW

Paul George, IND

Rudy Gobert, UTA

Others receiving votes: LeBron James, DeAndre Jordan, Tony Allen, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Tim Duncan, Stephen Curry, Marcus Smart, Trevor Ariza, Ricky Rubio, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward

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Utah Jazz Trey Lyles Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Apr 3, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) handles the ball in front of Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Utah Jazz won 101 – 86. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports /

This year’s rookie class will probably go down as one of the best of the last decade (at least). With the exception of Towns, who has his spot locked down, you could probably make a compelling case for any of our second-team selections supplanting the All-Rookie First Team picks.

Jazz rookie Trey Lyles finished just one vote shy of that distinction himself. It will be interesting to see where he lands when the NBA announces its own All-Rookie teams in the coming days.

Also, before anyone sends me angry tweets, we’re all aware that Julius Randle technically wasn’t a rookie. Jared Barker defends his vote for the Lakers big man, saying, “One game last year means nothing.” Makes sense to me.

Our All-Rookie selections–

All-Rookie First Team

D’Angelo Russell, LAL

Devin Booker, PHO

Justise Winslow, MIA

Kristaps Porzingis, NYK

Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN

All-Rookie Second Team

Emmanuel Mudiay, DEN

Stanley Johnson, DET

Trey Lyles, UTA

Myles Turner, IND

Nikola Jokic, DEN

Others receiving votes: Jahlil Okafor, Mario Hezonja, Josh Richardson, Raul Neto, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Julius Randle*