Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team this season for the second straight year, joining New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who made the All-Defensive First Team for the first time in his career. Both players, along with Sixers’ center Joel Embiid, are finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Joining Gobert and AD on the All-Defensive First team is Davis’ teammate Jrue Holiday, Sixers forward Robert Covington, and Most Improved Player of the Year finalist, Victor Oladipo. All three players are All-Defensive selections for the first time.
The Second Team consists of Embiid, Draymond Green, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and Dejounte Murray. Green, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, made the All-Defensive First Team in the three previous seasons.
Players were awarded two points for each NBA All-Defensive First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote. Voters selected two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.
Check out the voting breakdown in the tweet embedded below.