Gobert, who won his third Defensive Player of the Year award last week, and Simmons, who finished second, were the only two players who were nominated to the 100 ballots by the global sports editors panel invited to vote on each of the league’s individual seasons. -long rewards. Join them in the All-Defensive First Team: Green and a pair of Milwaukee Bucks: goaltender Jrue Holiday and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The second All-Defensive team included LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, along with two other groups of teammates: goaltender Matisse Thybulle and center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and forward Jimmy Butler and center Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat. .
Gobert and Simmons were followed in the vote by Green (80 votes for first team, 96 total), Holiday (65 votes for first team, 92 total) and Antetokounmpo (43 votes for first team, 92 total) ). In a strange quirk, Adebayo and Butler finished tied for sixth, getting 37 identical votes for the first team and 37 votes for the second team, while Embiid was eighth, Thybulle was ninth and Leonard finished 10th.
The main voters among those who missed either team were Phoenix Suns goaltender Mikal Bridges, who got four first-team votes and 35 overall; Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, who received five first-team caps and was on 19 ballots; and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, who was named to the second team on 36 ballots.
For Gobert, who reclaimed his league’s best defensive player title last week, this is the fifth time in a row he has been named to the All-Defensive First Team, while it is the second time in a row. for Simmons and the third for Antetokounmpo. Green has now made six All-Defensive teams (four firsts, two seconds) while Holiday has now been named to the first team for the second time in his career in his first season in Milwaukee.
Leonard, meanwhile, has now made it seven times (including three first-team caps) – the most named players to either team this season. Butler now has five caps, while Embiid made it three times, Adebayo twice and Thybulle made it the first time.