While all of the individual trophies have already been awarded to the lucky winners, the NBA continues to dole out the rewards among its best teams of the season. Following the two All-Rookie teams, the League unveiled its NBA All-Defensive Teams tonight. Rudy Gobert is obviously there, and the best defense of the regular season is well represented.
If you had to pick five watchdogs to put together the best possible defense, who would you choose based on their performances this season? The NBA has just answered this question by revealing the top two defensive backs for the 2021-22 campaign. First, honor the All-Defensive First Team.
2021-22 All-Defensive NBA Kia First Team:
🏀Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
🏀 Mikal Bridges (Phoenix)
🏀Rudy Gobert (Utah)
🏀 Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis)
🏀Marcus Smart (Boston) pic.twitter.com/YQgyjt9qSP
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 21, 2022
Logically, we found the Defender of the Year smart marcus (Celtics), although it has happened in the past that the DPOY is on the … second-best defensive team (hello Marc Gasol). At his side we have the other two finalists of the season for this trophy, namely Mikal Bridges (Suns) and our Rudy Goberto National (Jazz). This is the sixth straight All-Defensive First Team nomination for Rudy, a record for a center if stats are to be believed.ESPN. Small consolation for the Frenchman who was aiming for his fourth Defender of the Year title this season. To complete the five, we have to Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), again a regular since the Greek Freak has been nominated four times in a row. At the end, Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies) is also part of the party, having taken a big step forward this year in terms of defensive impact with the Grizzlies. If Memphis finished second in the West with 56 wins this season, it’s also thanks to Triple J.
2021-22 All-Defensive NBA Kia Second Team:
🏀Bam Adebayo (Miami)
🏀 Draymond Green (Golden State)
🏀June Holiday (Milwaukee)
🏀 Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia)
🏀Robert Williams III (Boston) pic.twitter.com/UJiVcGMyUw
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 21, 2022
On the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, there are real defensive credentials like Dramond Green (warriors) and junior vacation (Dollars). We know these two can fit into the defensive first team just fine (Draymond has been in the DPOY race for a long time, by the way), it’s just that they probably missed too many games to fit in. , and in Jrue’s case, let’s not forget that Milwaukee collectively fell back defensively in 2021-22. Heat pivot Bam Adebayostill fourth in the race for Defender of the Year, must settle for a nomination on the defensive second team, while Matisse Thybulle (Six and Robert Williams III (Celtics) round out the five. If Thybulle’s selection creates some debate in the sense that his great offensive limitations generally prevent him from spending too much time on the ground (only 25.5 minutes on average, which reduces his defensive impact), logically we find a second member from Boston. Why logically? Because the Greens finished the 2021-22 campaign with the best defensive efficiency (106.2) and the best average points conceded (104.5) in the NBA. We see it in these playoffs, the Celtics can be unplayable in their own half of the field, particularly through the physical impact they bring. And Time Lord symbolizes that well. Note that Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Derrick White also received votes from the Boston side, proof of the defensive machinery the C’s represent.
Marcus Smart: 1st Team All-Defense
Rob Williams: Second Team
Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown received votes for the first team, while Derrick White received 3 votes for the second team. The league-high 6 Celtics earned All-Defense votes.
Must be pretty cool when your sixth man gets something. pic.twitter.com/Tv7vGJYEZP
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) May 21, 2022
Speaking of players who received votes, we find rookies Evan Mobley (Cavaliers) and Herb Jones (Pelicans). It didn’t take long for these two to have a very positive impact on the defense of their respective teams and something tells us that we will find them very, very soon. Meanwhile, Joel Embiid, already beaten for the MVP trophy by Nikola Jokic, must wonder what he did wrong not to be selected on one of the two defensive teams, while Fred VanVleet, Dejounte Murray and Chris Paul must also remain on the sidelines despite of several votes. in his favor.
So what do you think of these NBA defensive teams? Is it justified or not in your opinion? In general it is not very surprising, even if we can debate about one or the other case. That’s good, we love it.
Source text: NBA