Paul George Named To 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team


Courtesy of OKC Thunder Public Relations

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 22, 2019 – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George was named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team, it was announced today by the NBA.

It is the second All-Defensive First Team honor (2013-14) and fourth All-Defensive team selection overall for George. The six-time All-Star led the league with 3.8 deflections per game and 2.1 loose balls recovered per game. He ranked second with 4.9 points scored off opponent turnovers and maintained the third-most defensive win shares (.166) this season.

George appeared in 77 games (all starts) and averaged career highs in points (28.0, second in NBA), rebounds (8.2), assists (4.1) and steals (2.21, first in NBA). The only other player to average as many points, rebounds and steals in a season since steals became an official stat was Michael Jordan in 1988-89.

From Jan. 10 to Feb. 22, he produced a streak of 18 games with at least one steal, becoming just the second Thunder player to ever do so (Westbrook).

Behind George, Oklahoma City finished with a 106.4 defensive rating, which ranked fourth in the league. He is now the fourth player in Thunder history to receive NBA All-Defensive team honors, joining Serge Ibaka (2011-14), Andre Roberson (2016-17) and Thabo Sefolosha (2009-10).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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