“In the NBA you don’t defend yourself”. Let them tell these ten players, those who make up the two defensive quintets of the season that the league announced last night, with hardly any surprises, and that they have earned their place on the list.
All Defense First Team
(Votes received in parentheses)
Marcus Smart, Celtics (198)
Mikal Bridges (Suns), 193
Rudy Gobert (Jazz), 171
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), 156
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies), 153
All Defense Second Team
Bam Adebayo (Heat), 152
Junior Holiday (Bucks), 89
Mattise Thybulle (76ers), 87
Robert Williams III (Celtics), 70
Draymond Green (Warriors), 34
The current winner of the best defensive player of the year entered the first quintet, Marcus Smartas well as the last to prevail in that same vote, Anteto and Gobert.
The one who sneaked in for the first time was Michael Bridges, recognition of his fantastic season with the Suns and defensive work that often goes unnoticed. Bridges received the second most votes.
In the rest of the votes there were no surprises either and all the great defensive specialists in the league ended up with their place in one of the quintets. Among those who stayed out with some votes were Joel Embiid, Dorain Finney-Smith, Jayson Tatum or Herbert Jonesamong others.
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