Gobert, Simmons unanimous picks to NBA All-Defensive Team

Published June 15, 2021, 9:50 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz defends against a shot by Paul George of the LA Clippers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on June 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons were unanimous selections to the 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Monday by the league.

Frenchman Gobert, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in the past four seasons, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the fifth consecutive season.

Australia’s Simmons, runner-up to Gobert for the top defender award, made the squad for the second season in a row. He helped the 76ers finish witrh the NBA’s second-best regular season defensive rating, just ahead of Utah.

Joining them on the five-player top defender squad were Golden State forward Draymond Green, Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday and his Bucks teammate, Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Gobert and Simmons were named on all 100 ballots by a media panel. Green had 176 points to reach his fourth All-Defensive top squad with second-time selectee Holiday on 157 and third-time pick Antetokounmpo on 135.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team included Miami’s Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle and Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Butler and Adebayo each had 111 points to 87 for Cameroon star Embiid, 63 for Thybulle and 43 for Leonard.

Thybulle has dual US and Australian citizenship and is expected to play for the Aussie Boomers at the Tokyo Olympics.