NBA: Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo lead defensive team of the year votes

Antetokounmpo, George and Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert were also the three finalists for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award after finishing with nearly identical point totals.

Agence France-Presse May 23, 2019 08:53:37 IST
NBA: Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo lead defensive team of the year votes
  • Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert was allotted 196 points, including 97 First Team votes

  • OKC's Paul George, a forward, received 195 points with 96 First Team votes

  • Antetokounmpo had 193 points to make the defensive team for the first time.

Los Angeles: Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Oklahoma City's Paul George and Utah's Rudy Gobert led the voting for the NBA's Defensive team of the year, the NBA said on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo, Gobert and George were also the three finalists for the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award after finishing with nearly identical point totals.

NBA Utah Jazzs Rudy Gobert and Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo lead defensive team of the year votes

File image of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Image courtesy: Twitter @Bucks

Gobert, a center, was allotted 196 points, including 97 First Team votes, to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the third consecutive year while George, a forward, received 195 points (96 First Team votes).

Antetokounmpo who has led the Bucks to the Eastern Conference finals, had 193 points to make the defensive team for the first time.

Other members of the defensive team of the year are guards Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Eric Bledsoe of Milwaukee.

The winner of the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented in Los Angeles on June 24.

Gobert is seeking to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second straight season.

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