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The NBA announced the ALL-NBA Defense team for the 2022-23 season today. The Defensive Player of the Year Jaren Jackson Jr. is the top vote getter and he is joined by Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Alex Caruso and Evan Mobley in the All-Defense First team.
Jackson Jr. received a total of 195 points to be among the top five defenders in the league for the second consecutive year. He had 96 first team votes and 3 votes for the second team. The Memphis Grizzlies’ power forward led the league with 3 blocks per game and also added 18.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
The Bucks are the team that has two players in the ALL-Defense First team – Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday. This is the third time for Holiday to be named to the best defensive team and he also has two second team sections. The Bucks point guard averaged 19.2 points, 7.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in the season. He received a total of 192 points, including 94 first team and 4 second-team votes.
Bucks’ center Brook Lopez is also in the All-Defense First team. He got 182 points and for the first time is named in the best defensive team after he had one second team selection. The veteran averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for the Bucks. He received 85 first and 11 second team votes.
Alex Caruso is probably the biggest surprise in the selection but the Bulls forward absolutely deserved his place in the All-Defense first team. He received 50 first team and 25 second team votes. Caruso’s numbers do not look impressive at all but what he did for the Bulls was more than the numbers can show. Given his stats sheet, Caruso averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Evan Mobley from the Cleveland Cavaliers rounds up the All-Defense first team. He is the youngest member of this team being only 21 years old and this is his first selection. The forward received 49 first team and 34 second team votes.
NBA All-Defense First Team
Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis Grizzlies
Brook Lopez – Milwaukee Bucks
Jrue Holiday – Milwaukee Bucks
Alex Caruso – Chicago Bulls
Evan Mobley – Cleveland Cavaliers
Derrick White leads the All-Defense second team who also features Draymond Green, OG Anunoby, Dillon Brooks and Bam Adebayo.
The Celtics guard had a total of 99 votes, 24 for the first and 51 for the second team. White became a key defender on the Celtics team often guarding the best scorers on the opponents’ teams. White averaged 12.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Celtics and was named to a defensive team for the first time in his career.
Draymond Green got to his eighth selection and fourth for the second team. He received 21 votes for the first and 47 for the second team. Anunoby, just like Brooks got their first All-defense selections. Anunoby had 14 first and 53 second team votes while Brooks got 4 first and 46 second team votes. Adebayo is the only All-Star player in the All-defense second team and this is his fourth such selection.
NBA All-Defense Second Team
Derrick White – Boston Celtics
Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors
OG Anunoby – Toronto Raptors
Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies
Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
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