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Defensive Player of Year Rudy Gobert, other finalists highlight NBA All-Defensive teams



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The three finalists for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award – Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green – were among the 10 players named to the NBA’s All-Defensive teams Monday night.

The All-Defensive second team featured LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard as well as two more sets of teammates: guard Matisse Thybulle and center Joel Embiid from the 76ers, and forward Jimmy Butler and center Bam Adebayo from the Miami Heat.

Gobert and Simmons were followed in the voting by Green, Holiday and Antetokounmpo. In a strange quirk, Adebayo and Butler finished tied for sixth, getting an identical 37 first-team votes and 37 second-team votes, while Embiid was eighth, Thybulle was ninth and Leonard finished 10th.

The leading vote-getters among those who missed making either team were Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges, who had four first-team votes and 35 total; Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, who received five first-team selections and was on 19 ballots; and Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, who was named to the second team on 36 ballots. Green has now made six All-Defensive teams, while Holiday has now been named to the first team for the second time in his career in his first season in Milwaukee.

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