Jimmy Butler named NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Jimmy Butler named NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau would love to have Jimmy Butler back on his bench this season. (NBA Images)

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.

This is the third consecutive 2nd-Team All-Defense award for Jimmy Butler, and he was the only Bull to even receive votes from the panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

Butler recieved 18 First Team and 26 Second Team votes. He joins Memphis guard Tony Allen as the guards on the Second Team. Boston's Avery Bradley and the Clippers' Chris Paul were the two guards named to the First Team.

The other First Team members are forwards Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green and center DeAndre Jordan. Joining Butler and Allen on the Second Team were forwards Paul Millsap and Paul George and center Hassan Whiteside.

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