2021-22 NBA All-Defensive Teams: Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, Rudy Gobert headline First Team

earlier this month, Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart made history by becoming the first guard since Gary Payton in 1996 to be named Defensive Player of the Year. Now, Smart has followed that up with his third appearance on the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

On Friday, prior to Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericksthe league finally announced the All-Defensive Teams.

Joining Smart on the First Team were Mikal Bridges or the Phoenix Suns and Rudy Gobert or the Utah Jazz, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Defensive Player of the Year voting. Rounding out the First Team were Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Memphis Grizzlies big man Years Jackson Jr

The Second Team was highlighted by 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, who was an All-Defensive selection for the seventh time in his career. Also on the Second Team: Bam Adebayo or the Miami HeatRobert Williams III of the Boston Celtics, Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks and Matisse Thybullea or the Philadelphia 76ers

Here’s a look at the full voting results:

Smart narrowly missed out on being a unanimous selection because one of the 100 voters left him off their ballot completely. Another interesting note is how close the race was between Jackson and Adebayo for one of the forward spots on the First Team. Adebayo actually had two more First Team votes, but Jackson received five more Second Team votes, which was enough to secure the First Team spot by one point.

There were 24 other players who received at least one vote. most notably, Fred VanVleet did not make either team despite finishing with more points (41) than Draymond Green (34). Unfortunately for VanVleet, the teams are decided by position, and he did not have more points than any of the top-four guards.

Another interesting note is that Jayson TatumJaylen BrownAl Horford and Derrick White were all among the vote-getters, which combined with Smart and Williams meant the Celtics had six different players receive votes. When you have players who come off the bench getting All-Defensive votes, you know you have a good defense.

One final item worth mentioning is that there were three rookies in the receiving votes category: the Cleveland CavaliersEvan Mobley (13 points), the New Orleans PelicansHerbert Jones (10) and the Toronto RaptorsScottie Barnes (2). It’s rare to see rookies make a major impact on the defensive end, but this class had three.

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