NBA All-Defensive Team 2017: Draymond Green leads vote getters with 198 points

Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, and Kawhi Leonard headline this year’s All-Defensive team

Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, and Kawhi Leonard were the leading vote-getters for the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team, all receiving more than 90 first-place votes. Patrick Beverly and Chris Paul rounded the team out.

Green, Gobert, and Leonard are all in the running for defensive player of the year, so their selection here indicates the voting there may be closer than we think.

Both Gobert and Beverley are being named to the first team for the first time in their careers. This is Paul’s seventh time, overall, being named to the first team while both Green and Leonard are being named to the team for the third time in a row.

The Golden State Warriors, San Antionio Spurs, and Utah Jazz all posted the three best defensive ratings in the league this season behind the play of their three defensive player of the year candidates.

All-Defensive First team

  • Chris Paul (140 points, 61 first-team votes)
  • Patrick Beverly (110 points, 38 first-team votes)
  • Kawhi Leonard (192 points, 93 first-team votes)
  • Draymond Green (198 points, 99 first-team votes)
  • Rudy Gobert (196 points, 97 first-team votes)

All-Defensive 2nd team

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NFL Shop has no idea where the Washington NFL team is located

It’s not Washington, the state.

There are just 32 teams in the NFL, so it’s really not too difficult to keep track of where each one is located. But NFL Shop, the official merchandise retailer of the National Football League, apparently had no clue that the Washington NFL team was located in Washington, D.C.

NFL Shop is promoting a line of state pride front license plates, which feature a team’s logo superimposed on the outline of its state. This is all fine and good for the Atlanta Falcons, whose logo is clearly sitting on top of the shape of the state of Georgia.

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The state of Florida boasts three NFL teams: the Dolphins, Buccaneers, and Jaguars. The Dolphins’ and Buccaneers’ versions of the state pride plates are correct.

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The poor Jaguars don’t seem to have one.

But the Washington NFL team’s state pride license plate looked like this:

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That doesn’t look like the District of Columbia.

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It looks like someone over at NFL Shop figured it out, because the plate is no longer available. It’s also possible that the plate sold out, and now some Washington fans have a humorous and very incorrect piece of team memorabilia.

The Washington NFL team doesn’t actually play in Washington, D.C. The team’s stadium is in nearby Landover, Md. And the team’s practice facility, well, that’s in Ashburn, Va. But neither of those places are in Washington State, either.

Don’t worry, Seahawks. You’re still the only NFL team in Washington State.

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NBA All-Rookie Team 2017: Dario Saric, Malcolm Brogdon are only unanimous 1st-teamers

Joel Embiid was left off a number of ballots.

Malcolm Brogdon and Dario Saric were the only unanimous selections for the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team this season.

Let’s be honest — there weren’t many standout rookies to choose from this season. But each of these players had a solid year in their limited roles. Keep in mind that these designations were not made positionally, which makes it so much easier to recognize the most talented players in the draft class.

When you dig down deep into the weeds, this draft class has some players who will continue to build on promising rookie campaigns. Joel Embiid is obviously at the top of the class, with Saric and Brogdon not trailing far behind. Those three were complete shoo-ins for the squad.

This season didn’t pan out exactly how we thought it would for these rookies, and that’s OK. There is talent in each and every draft class, and these were the most talented guys this year.

All-Rookie First Team

Joel Embiid

Embiid was very clearly the best rookie as far as production goes. Even while playing limited minutes in just 31 games, he still led the class in points per game and total blocks. Embiid won Rookie of the Month in November, December, and January before being declared out for the season after just 31 games.

Dario Saric

Saric came on after shortly after Embiid went down for the last time. In 25 games after the NBA All-Star break, he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in just 30.4 minutes per game.

Buddy Hield

Hield’s season had a tumultuous start in New Orleans, where he couldn’t find the rim and paid for it with playing time. But in Sacramento, Hield averaged 15.1 points per game while shooting 42 percent from three and 48 percent from the field.

Malcolm Brogdon

Brogdon is a dark-horse candidate for Rookie of the Year because of the role he played in Milwaukee this season. As a starter in 28 games, he averaged 12.5 points with 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He also dunked all over the Cavaliers.

Willy Hernangomez

We didn’t hear much of Hernangomez’s name at the season’s start, but he became a fan favorite across the league by the end of it. He averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds in just 18.2 minutes per game while leading all rookies with 11 double-doubles this season. Rest assured, he’ll be a big part of the Knicks’ future.

All-Rookie Second Team

Jaylen Brown

Early on, there were concerns about whether Brown would fit in on the Celtics’ already competitive roster. Not only did he fit in, but he turned into a major rotation player for them this year and defended LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Brandon Ingram

Ingram’s season had tons of growing pains, but he learned how to play different roles on the Lakers’ evolving roster. He’s shown flashes of being able to initiate offense, spot up or slash inside, and will continue to add to his game as time goes by.

Jamal Murray

If there was a player with no conscience in this draft class, it’s Murray. He’s not afraid to let the ball fly from deep with 4.2 threes per game in just 21 minutes of play. Just ask the Pelicans how it feels when those shots are dropping.

Marquese Chriss

Chriss’ rookie season wasn’t special, but he showed flashes of what he could be. He worked on adding a three-point shot to his game and could become a real inside-outside threat down the line.

Yogi Ferrell

Had Ferrell spent more time in Dallas this season, he may have been a solid pick for the first team. He shot 40 percent from deep in 36 games as a Maverick and gave us the closest thing we’ve had to Linsanity with his first stretch of starts over Deron Williams in early February.

Others receiving votes

Point totals, with first-place votes in parentheses: Rodney McGruder, Miami, 61 (7); Caris LeVert, Brooklyn, 36 (2); Domantas Sabonis, Oklahoma City, 19 (4); Tyler Ulis, Phoenix, 10 (1); Patrick McCaw, Golden State, 8; Skal Labissiere, Sacramento, 7 (1); Kris Dunn, Minnesota, 5; Juancho Hernangomez, Denver, 5; Taurean Prince, Atlanta, 5; Isaiah Whitehead, Brooklyn, 5; Alex Abrines, Oklahoma City, 4; Davis Bertans, San Antonio, 3; Dejounte Murray, San Antonio, 3; Thon Maker, Milwaukee, 3; Andrew Harrison, Memphis, 2; Fred VanVleet, Toronto, 1; Dragan Bender, Phoenix, 1; DeAndre’ Bembry, Atlanta, 1; Jakob Poeltl, Toronto, 1; Malcolm Delaney, Atlanta, 1.

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All 21 games on the SNES Classic, ranked

This is really tough.

Prepare yourselves for nostalgia overload. Nintendo announced on Monday that the “SNES Classic” would be hitting stores on Sept. 29 for $79.99.

There are 21 games on the console, including Star Fox 2 — which was never released publicly and will appear on a Nintendo console for the first time.

The world went wild when the “NES Classic” was released last year, causing ludicrous shortages that caused it to be perpetually out of stock, before finally being discontinued. The sequel to the console could have this problem even worse, because it’s better in every way and contains some of the greatest games ever made.

Naturally, we need to rank these from best to worst.

  1. Super Mario World
  2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  3. Super Metroid
  4. Earthbound
  5. Final Fantasy III
  6. Super Mario Kart
  7. Secret of Mana
  8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  9. Mega Man X
  10. Street Fighter II Turbo
  11. Super Punch Out
  12. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  13. F-Zero
  14. Kirby Super Star
  15. Contra III
  16. Castlevania IV
  17. Donkey Kong Country
  18. StarFox
  19. Super Ghouls ’N Ghosts
  20. Kirby’s Dream Course
  21. StarFox 2

The games on the SNES Classic are really lacking any sports outside of Super Punch Out and Mario Kart (if you consider Mario Kart a sport). Here are the games we WISH made the cut.

The biggest reason these games are great are the memories we have with them. Last year our staff shared their feelings on the SNES’s 25th anniversary.

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Derek Carr is excited to spend his $125 million contract on Chick-fil-A

Derek Carr will spend his new mega contract on one of the best lunches $5.95 can buy.

Derek Carr is now the highest-paid player in NFL history. He can afford to live large, but the Oakland Raiders quarterback prefers to live smart.

He is going to spend their newfound money on one of the best lunches $5.95 can buy: Chick-fil-A.

When Chick-fil-A got word of what Carr said, they wanted to reward him:

He was excited, as anybody about to receive free Chick-fil-A would be.

After his splurge, which will include paying for his brother’s lunch too, Carr got more serious about what he’ll be spending money on.

“No, the first thing I’ll do is pay my tithe like I have since I was in college,” Carr said. “Giving $700 on a scholarship check. That won’t change. I’ll do that. I’ll probably give my wife something nice, even though she begged me not to.

“The exciting thing for me, money-wise, honestly, is that this money is going to help a lot of people.”

Carr’s contract will take a significant amount out of the Raiders’ salary cap, but the quarterback said Friday that he attempted to structure the deal so the team could afford to pay other stars on the team like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.

The deal carries a $25 million cap hit in 2018, but drops in the later years of the contract. But he’ll still be making plenty of money for chicken sandwiches and he’s not alone — the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, Markelle Fultz, is also looking forward to spending his new contract on Chick-fil-A.

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Every important NHL offseason 2017 date until free agency on July 1

Don’t get caught unaware as the NHL’s offseason rolls on.

The NHL offseason is officially in full swing now that the expansion draft and entry draft have passed us by with very little fanfare.

This year, there have been a lot more moving parts thanks to the inclusion of the Vegas Golden Knights as the NHL’s 31st team. The expansion is the NHL’s first since 2000, but now that the meat of the offseason has come and gone, what’s next for the NHL?

Glad you asked! Thanks to the team at CapFriendly, we have a schedule in this busy time. For your convenience, here’s every important date you need to know leading up to the expansion draft and free agency on July 1.

Now, after the expansion draft and the entry draft, the normal offseason pattern has set in with July 1 being the start of free agency. It’s a lot to take in, and things have already been set in motion. While we know what Vegas’ roster will mostly look like, there’s still rumblings that the Golden Knights will deal or add a few more players before or after July 1.

So, don’t get caught unaware. Memorize this schedule for the next few weeks. Or, just check back when needed to see what the NHL has in store for us all.

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