Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Paul George highlight NBA All-Defensive First Team

The NBA All-Defensive First Team was announced Wednesday, with three of it’s five players receiving nearly identical points to make it on the team.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert lead all players with 196 points, including 97 First Team votes, to make the First Team for the third year in a row.

Thunder center Paul George was second with 195 points (96 First-Team Votes), while Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 193 points (94 First-Team votes).

Boston’s Marcus Smart (145 points, 63 First-Team votes) and Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe (100 points, 36 First-Team votes) round out the roster.

Each First-Team vote is worth two points, while Second-Team votes are worth one.

It marks the second time George has been on the First Team and is the first time Antetokounmpo has made either a First Team roster. Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.

Gobert, George and Antetokounmpo all are finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, as well.

The NBA All-Defensive Teams were selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters, which selected an All-Defensive Second Team, as well.

Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green and Kawhi Leonard all round out the Second Team.

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Player Team Position First Team votes Second Team votes Total points
Rudy Gobert Jazz Center 97 2 196
Paul George Thunder Forward 96 3 195
Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks Forward 94 5 193
Marcus Smart Celtics Guard 63 19 145
Eric Bledsoe Bucks Guard 36 28 100

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Player Team Position First Team votes Second Team votes Total points
Jrue Holiday Pelicans Guard 31 28 90
Klay Thompson Warriors Guard 23 36 82
Joel Embiid 76ers Center 4 72 80
Draymond Green Warriors Forward 2 57 61
Kawhi Leonard Raptors Forward 5 29 39