Gobert, Simmons unanimous picks to NBA All-Defensive Team
In this November 16, 2018 file photo, Wilson Chandler and Jimmy Butler of the Philadelphia 76ers of the Philadelphia 76ers high-five Ben Simmons in front of Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Gobert, Simmons unanimous picks to NBA All-Defensive Team

(Agence France-Presse) - June 15, 2021 - 10:54am

NEW YORK – Utah's Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons were unanimous selections to the 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) by the league.

Frenchman Gobert, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in the past four seasons, was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the fifth consecutive season.

Australia's Simmons, runner-up to Gobert for the top defender award, made the squad for the second season in a row. He helped the 76ers finish with the NBA's second-best regular season defensive rating, just ahead of Utah.

Joining them on the five-player top defender squad were Golden State forward Draymond Green, Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday and his Bucks teammate, Greek star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Gobert and Simmons were named on all 100 ballots by a media panel. Green had 176 points to reach his fourth All-Defensive top squad with second-time selectee Holiday on 157 and third-time pick Antetokounmpo on 135.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team included Miami's Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle and Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Butler and Adebayo each had 111 points to 87 for Cameroon star Embiid, 63 for Thybulle and 43 for Leonard.

Thybulle has dual US and Australian citizenship and is expected to play for the Aussie Boomers at the Tokyo Olympics.

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