The 2019 NBA All-Defensive team was announced on Wednesday and Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Paul George and Milwaukee Bucks Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the squad. Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe round out the first team. It is both their first time being selected to the NBA Defensive team.
Guards Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Forwards Draymond Green (Warriors) and Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors) and Center Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) round out the second team.
Reigning Defensive Player Rudy Gobert led the way, earning 196 points (97 first team votes) making his 3rd appearance on the team. George makes his 4th appearance receiving 195 points (96 first team votes) while Giannis received 193 points (94 first team votes) for his second stint on the team.
All three players are finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
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