US basketball

Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Defensive team

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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo headlines the All-Defensive first team

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019-2020 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, leads this season’s All-Defensive first team, the league announced on Tuesday, September 8 (Wednesday, September 9, Philippine time).

Antetokounmpo received 97 NBA All-Defensive First Team votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 195 total points.

Joining Antetokounmpo in the roster of this season’s defensive standouts are Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons of Australia, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert of France, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

Davis, who finished in second place for the Defensive Player of the Year award, has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second time.

It’s the fourth straight All-Defensive Team selection for Gobert, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. –