Rudy Gobert Selected to NBA All-Defensive First Team


After Gobert's late January return, the Jazz posted the second best record in the National Basketball Association (30-8), the best defensive rating in the National Basketball Association (97.5), the best net rating (10.8), the lowest opponent scoring average (97.4) and were tied for the lowest opponent field goal percentage during that stretch (.431).

James passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone with the 12th first-team selection of his 15-year career.

Green is making his first appearance on the second team after three first-team selections, and Butler is now a four-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team choice.

Here's a look at the complete list of 2017-18 All-NBA First, Second and Third teams, courtesy of the NBA. Davis had 73 first-place votes and 163 total points.

Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis, both 2017-18 NBA Defensive Player of the Year finalists, headline this season's NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

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Davis was seventh in rebounding (11.1 per game) and first in blocks (2.6 per game). His cap hit for the 2018-19 season will be $25.97 million. Lillard received All-NBA Second Team honors in 2015-16 and was named to the Third Team in 2013-14.

Robert Covington, Philadelphia - 27 first-team votes, 36 second-team votes, 90 total points.

The Second Team consists of Embiid, Draymond Green, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and Dejounte Murray.

However, the fact that he led all First-Teamers in voting is an encouraging sign that he could be the frontrunner for the more coveted recognition - the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Led by Gobert for the second-straight season, the Jazz had a top-five defense with a defensive rating of 101.6, the second best rating in the National Basketball Association and had the fifth-best net rating in the National Basketball Association (4.6) in 2017-18.