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Giannis Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Defensive team

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlines this season’s All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Tuesday.

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

This marks the second straight NBA All-Defensive First Team selection for the Bucks star, who also made the Second Team in 2016-17.

Joining Antetokounmpo on the roster of this season’s defensive stand-outs were Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (187 points; 87 First Team votes), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (185 points; 88 First Team votes), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (180 points; 85 First Team votes) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (152 points; 57 First Team votes).

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 to go with two Second Team honors.

It’s the fourth straight All-Defensive Team selection for Gobert, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Smart has been selected in the First Team for the second season in a row while Simmons is a First Team choice in his NBA All-Defensive Team debut.

LA Clippers forward Kahwi Leonard, Bucks center Brook Lopez, Miami Heat forward Ben Adebayo, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe filled out the All-Defensive Second Team.

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