Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

France's Rudy Gobert leads picks for NBA All-Defensive Team

France's Rudy Gobert leads picks for NBA All-Defensive Team

James ranked second in the league in triple-doubles with 18, only trailing Russell Westbrook, and averaged over 25 points for the 14th straight season to extend his own National Basketball Association record.

This marks the second consecutive year in which Gobert has been named to the first team.

The two big men are joined on the NBA All-Defensive First Team by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (136 points), Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (105) and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (90).

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. All three of them were named to an NBA All-Defensive Team for the first time in their careers.

Frenchman Rudy Gobert, who helped power the Utah Jazz into the NBA playoffs, was the top vote-getter on the NBA All-Defensive First Team announced by the league Wednesday, May 23.

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Anthony Davis, New Orleans - 73 first-team votes, 17 second-team votes, 163 total points. He put up 2.3 blocks per game, a defensive rating of 96.2 and a net rating of 13.8. He finished with an NBA-high 25 triple-doubles and led the league in assists average for the first time. Lillard received All-NBA Second Team honors in 2015-16 and was named to the Third Team in 2013-14.

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

Joel Embiid, 76ers (22.9 ppg/11.0 rpg/3.2 apg/1.76 bpg): A finalist for the 2017-18 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, Embiid ranked 12 in the NBA in scoring average, tied for sixth in rebounding average and fourth in blocks average.

Oladipo led the National Basketball Association in steals and closed out the year with an active streak of 64 consecutive games with a steal.

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