As expected, Defensive Player of the Year and presumptive MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led voting to make the first team, earning his third overall All-Defensive honor. Teammates Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe both made the second team.
Giannis didn’t make every ballot
First-place votes counted for two points in the balloting of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Second-place votes counted for one.
Antetokounmpo received 97 first-place votes, but was left completely off two ballots.
NBA All-Defensive First Team
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — 195 points
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers — 187 points
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers — 185 points
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz — 180 points
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics — 152 points
NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers — 128 points
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks — 67 points
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat — 61 points
Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers — 60 points
Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks — 59 points
All of the players who made the All-Defensive teams are on teams that made the playoffs. The news broke prior to the Bucks’ Tuesday tipoff in Game 5 against the Heat while facing elimination.
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