Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads NBA’s All-Defensive group

Sep. eight, 2020 six:47 PM EDT

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads NBA’s All-Defensive group

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Defensive Player of the Year, so it should really be no surprise that he was also the top vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive group.

The Milwaukee Bucks forward — and favored to win his second consecutive MVP award — appeared on 97 of the initial-group ballots out of one hundred cast by a worldwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

Antetokounmpo was 1 of 3 Bucks on the ten-individual squad, announced by the league Tuesday.

Also on the initial group: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Sensible.

The second group selections had been Los Angeles Clippers teammates Kawhi Leonard at forward and Patrick Beverley at guard, Bucks teammates Brook Lopez at center and Eric Bledsoe at guard, and Miami forward Bam Adebayo.

Antetokounmpo, Davis, Gobert, Simmons, Adebayo, Beverley and Sensible, respectively, had been the major seven vote-getters in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting — so their appearances on the All-Defensive group had been most likely anticipated.

Leonard tied for ninth on that list, Lopez was 10th and Bledsoe did not obtain any votes for DPOY, exactly where voters ranked their major 3 selections with no regard for position.

Leonard produced the All-Defensive group for the sixth time and has accomplished so now as a member of 3 diverse teams, with his previous appearances coming when he played for San Antonio and Toronto. Gobert is a initial-group choice for the fourth consecutive year, the league’s longest active such streak. Davis is All-Defensive for the fourth time and Antetokounmpo for the third time each are now two-time initial-teamers as effectively.

Beverley is now a 3-time All-Defensive group member. Sensible has produced the initial group in back-to-back years and Simmons is on the All-Defensive group for the initial time. Bledsoe was a initial-teamer final year, and Lopez and Adebayo produced the group for the initial time.

5 members of final year’s All-Defensive group — initial-teamer Paul George and second-teamers Jrue Vacation, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid and Draymond Green — did not make this year’s squad.

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