NBA announces 2018-19 All-Defensive team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced today.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award finished with nearly identical point totals as the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive Teams.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team features Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (145 points; 63 First Team votes) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (100 points; 36 First Team votes).  Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of  Philly’s Joel Embiid, New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. The NBA All-Defensive First Team consists of Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Marcus Smart.

The winner of the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

2018-19 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Center Rudy Gobert, Utah 97 2 196 3 (three 1st)
Forward Paul George, Oklahoma City 96 3 195 4 (two 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 94 5 193 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Marcus Smart, Boston 63 19 145 1
Guard Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee 36 28 100 1

 

2018-19 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Guard Jrue Holiday, New Orleans 31 28 90 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Klay Thompson, Golden State 23 36 82 1
Center Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 4 72 80 2 (two 2nd)
Forward Draymond Green, Golden State 2 57 61 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 5 29 39 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)

 


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