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Celtics’ Marcus Smart leads NBA All-Defensive first team

May 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) defends Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) during the first half of game two of the 2022 eastern conference finals at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart was a near-unanimous choice for the league’s All-Defensive first team.

In balloting results revealed Friday, the Boston Celtics guard got 99 first-team votes from the pool of 100 sports writers and broadcasters who made the selections.

Smart was joined on the first team by Phoenix Suns guard Mikal Bridges (95 first-place votes), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (76), Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (63) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (55).

Gobert was selected to the top defensive team for the sixth time, while Antetokounmpo made his fourth first team in addition to one second-team selection. Smart is a three-time member of the defensive first team, while Bridges and Jackson were honored for the first time.

The All-Defensive second team consists of Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (third second-team selection), Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (third second-team selection in addition to four first-team honors), Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (second second-team selection in addition to two first-team honors), Philadelphia 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle (second second-team selection) and Celtics center Robert Williams III (first appearance on an All-Defensive team).

The players who finished just below the honorees in the voting were guards Fred Van Vleet of the Toronto Raptors, Dejounte Murray of the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns; forwards Evan Mobley of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Herbert Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans and Dorian Finney-Smith of the Dallas Mavericks; and center Joel Embiid of the 76ers.

–Field Level Media