For the sixth season in a row, Rudy Gobert, the pivot of the Utah Jazz, is part of the best five defensive of the season in the NBA. The French finds himself in particular with Marcus Smart and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
A Frenchman in the spotlight! The NBA has released the first and second defensive teams of the season. It’s now a habit Rudy Gobert is among the best of them for the sixth consecutive exercise. The Jazz pivot, best rebounder of the season (14.7 average per game) and best defender in the League in 2018, 2019 and 2021, is acclaimed with Marcus Smart (Boston), Mikal Bridges (Phoenix), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee) and Jaren Jackson Jr (Memphis). One hundred journalists voted to draw up this robust formation which can make potential adversaries dizzy. Smart, the only player still in the play-off race, in the Eastern Conference final against Miami (1-1), and voted best defender of the year, won unanimous support by collecting 99 votes for this best defensive five . Behind, Bridges is not far behind with only four votes less. Then come respectively the French international (76 votes), the 2020-21 NBA champion with the Bucks (63 votes) and the strong winger or pivot of the Grizzlies (55 votes). The latter is present in the best five defensive of the season for the first time, like the Suns player.
The 2021-22 Kia All-Defensive First Team!
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Adebayo as boss in the second defensive five
They too had hoped to be rewarded in this way but they were placed in the second defensive team of the season. This is the case of Bam Adebayo (Miami), who was only a small vote away from overtaking Jackson Jr to complete the first team. The pivot of the Heat, member of this second formation for the third season in a row, obtained 152 (votes for the first and second teams combined) when his counterpart at the Grizzlies points to 153 units. This second defensive five also rewards Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee, 89 votes), Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia, 87 votes), Robert Williams III (Boston, 70 votes) and Draymond Green (Golden State, 34 votes).