With multiple season awards having already been announced, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the NBA’s All-Defensive teams were released.
First Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Ben Simmons
Second Team: Bam Adebayo, Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Brook Lopez
In a tweet by Shams Charania, sent out just minutes ago, he reveals who made the cut as the league’s top 10 defenders.
2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive teams:
First team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Ben Simmons
Second team: Bam Adebayo, Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Brook Lopez
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 8, 2020
Names like Giannis, Davis, Gobert, Smart, and Simmons were pretty much automatic locks for the first-team. They have been dominant on defense all season long, and all of their names were in consideration for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.
The second team is where things get a little dicey. Kawhi, Bev, and Bam all deserve their spots, but fans were pretty surprised to see Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe make it over guys like Joel Embiid, LeBron James, and even Jimmy Butler. All-in-all though, it’s a good list and the players definitely earned their spot.
Pat Bev & Bledsoe over Jimmy?! pic.twitter.com/sE4VmgFV8q
— #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor (@poproyaltystan) September 8, 2020
No jimmy butler?????
— ‘ (@samizaynpiedKO) September 8, 2020
LeBron robbed. Lebron >> Kawhi
— Simon (@thehoopstown) September 8, 2020
Embiid should be on here over Brook
— Ry (@NinjaBands) September 8, 2020
Bledsoe and Beverley are not better defenders then Jrue Holliday stop it
— YRG Dakota (@GlockKota) September 8, 2020
What’s your take on the list? Which players would you add or take off and which do you see making the cut next year?