Rudy Gobert very present!

Rudy Gobert very present!

While all of the individual trophies have already been awarded to the lucky winners, the NBA continues to distribute the rewards through its top teams of the season. After the two All-Rookie teams, the League unveiled its NBA All-Defensive Teams this night. Rudy Gobert is obviously there, and the best defense of the regular season is well represented.

If you had to take five watchdogs to mount the best defense possible, who would you take based on the performances this season? The NBA has just answered this question by revealing the two best defensive fives for the 2021-22 campaign. First, honor to the All-Defensive First Team.

Logically, we find the Defender of the Year Marcus Smart (Celtics), although it has happened in the past that the DPOY is in the … second best defensive team (hello Marc Gasol). At his side, we have the other two finalists of the season for this trophy, namely Mikal Bridges (Suns) and our Rudy Gobert National (Jazz). This is the sixth consecutive All-Defensive First Team nomination for Rudy, a record for a center if stats are to be believed.ESPN. A small consolation for the Frenchie who was aiming for a fourth Defender of the Year title this season. To complete the five, we have to Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), again a regular since the Greek Freak is now four nominations in a row. At last, Jaren Jackson Jr. (Grizzlies) is also part of the party, having made a big step-up this year in terms of defensive impact with the Grizzlies. If Memphis finished second in the West with 56 wins this season, it is also thanks to Triple J.

In the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, there are real defense credentials like Draymond Green (Warriors) and Jrue Holiday (Bucks). We know that these two can have their place in the first defensive team without problem (Draymond has been in the DPOY race for a long time by the way), it’s just that they probably missed a few too many games for the purpose. fit in, and in Jrue’s case, let’s not forget that Milwaukee collectively regressed defensively in 2021-22. The pivot of the Heat Bam Adebayoyet fourth in the race for Defender of the Year, has to settle for a nomination in the second defensive team, while Matisse Thybulle (Sixer) and Robert WilliamsIII (Celtics) complete the five. If the selection of Thybulle creates some debates in the sense that his big offensive limitations generally prevent him from spending too much time on the ground (25.5 minutes on average only, which therefore reduces his defensive impact), we logically find a Boston’s second member. Why logically? Because the Greens finished the 2021-22 campaign with the best defensive efficiency (106.2) and the best points conceded average (104.5) in the NBA. We see it on these Playoffs, the Celtics can be unplayable in their own half of the field, in particular through the physical impact they bring. And Time Lord symbolizes that well. Note that Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Derrick White also received votes on the Boston side, proof of the defensive machine that the C’s represent.

Speaking of players who received votes, we find the rookies Evan Mobley (Cavaliers) and Herb Jones (Pelicans). These two wasted no time in having a very positive impact on the defense of their respective teams and something tells us that we will find them very very soon. Joel Embiid, already beaten for the MVP trophy by Nikola Jokic, must meanwhile wonder what he did wrong not to be selected in one of the two defensive teams, while Fred VanVleet, Dejounte Murray and Chris Paul must also remain on the sidelines despite several votes in their favour.

So, what do you think of these NBA All-Defensive Teams? Is it justified or not in your opinion? Overall not really surprises, even if we can debate on one or the other case. That’s good, we love it.

Source text: NBA

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