Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert headline NBA All-Defensive teams

Marcus Smart, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert headline NBA All-Defensive teams

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive teams, which were announced Friday night.

Smart, the league’s 2021-22 Defensive Player of the Year, earned his third first-team nomination. He was joined at guard by Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns, who earned his first career All-Defensive Team nomination. Smart and Bridges were the first two voters.

Antetokounmpo earned his fifth All-Defensive team award and his fourth first-team selection. Since All-Defensive teams were first announced in 1968-69, the only other players with four first-team selections and multiple MVPs are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tim Duncan.

Antetokounmpo was joined up front by Jaren Jackson Jr. of Memphis who, like Bridges, earned his first cap.

Gobert, who had won three of the last four Defensive Player of the Year awards, earned his sixth consecutive selection. That breaks a tie with Hakeem Olajuwon and Abdul-Jabbar for the most consecutive first-team honors for a center.

The second team was Jrue Holiday from Milwaukee, Matisse Thybulle from Philadelphia, Bam Adebayo from Miami, Draymond Green from Golden State and Robert Williams III from Boston.

With Smart and Williams on the team, it’s the first time Boston has had multiple players on the All-Defensive Team since Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett made the team in 2011-12.

The Celtics had six players who ended up with a vote as Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford all got a first-team vote. Celtics reserve guard Derrick White, acquired at the trade deadline from the San Antonio Spurs, received three second-team votes.

Holiday’s selection, her fourth overall, earned her a $120,000 bonus.

It was Green’s seventh selection to the team, and he did it in just 46 games. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, only Andrei Kirilenko (41 in 2004-05) and Scottie Pippen (44 in 1997-98) made the All-Defensive team by playing fewer games.

Adebayo made his third career All-Defensive team (all second teams) while it was Thybulle’s second and Williams’ first.

Rookies Evan Mobley of Cleveland and Herb Jones of New Orleans secured the fifth and sixth spots for forwards. They missed out on becoming the first rookies to make the All-Defensive team since Tim Duncan made it in 1997-98.

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