Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Marcus Smart FINALLY lands 1st team All-Defense

Marcus Smart FINALLY lands 1st team All-Defense

The NBA today announced their All-Defensive teams, and for the first time they include Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

Gobert finished with 97 first-team points and 196 points and as a result earned himself a $500,000 bonus from the Jazz.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe joined Smart on the first team along with MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Utah's Rudy Gobert, and Oklahoma City's Paul George.

Smart, 25, was one of the league's top defenders because of his aggression and ball-hawking skills. The All-Defensive teams are voted on by 100 media members and broadcasters. He also received 19 second team votes.

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New Orleans' Jrue Holiday, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid, Golden State's Draymond Green and Toronto's Kawhi Leonard were honored on the second team. In October, he told reporters that he was using his 2018 All-Defensive Second Team selection as motivation, saying, "I don't think any voter can tell me (there are) five defensive players better than me".

But Smart certainly was deserving of the honor this season, averaging a career-high 1.8 steals on a defense that allowed the third-fewest points in the National Basketball Association.

Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving each got one vote for the second team as guards. Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team. Al Horford had four second team votes as a forward.

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