LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The top three vote-getters for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert — headline this year’s All-Defensive teams, which were announced by the league Tuesday night.
Antetokounmpo, who won this year’s Defensive Player of the Year award, received 97 of 100 possible first-team votes to finish with 195 points. He was followed by Davis (87 first-team votes and 187 points), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (88 first-team votes, 185 points), Gobert (85 first-team votes, 180 points) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (57 first-place votes, 152 points).
It is the second straight season that both Antetokounmpo and Smart have been named to the first team, while Gobert — who won the previous two DPOY awards — now has been named the first-team center four straight times. Davis now has two first- and two second-team selections. This is the first time Simmons has made either all-league defensive team.
Because of changes to the league’s calendar because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there no longer is an end-of-season awards show as there had been in recent seasons. Instead, the league has reverted to its old practice of handing out hardware during the playoffs.
The only individual award left is for the Most Valuable Player — which Antetokounmpo, who missed Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami on Tuesday because of a sprained right ankle, is expected to win for a second season in a row.
The other honors still to be announced are the two All-Rookie teams, as well as the three All-NBA teams.