Though the Miami Heat didn’t have any players on the first or second 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive team, Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo received 3 votes and 1 vote respectively from the 100 media members who cast their ballots for the league’s top-ten defenders.
The ten players who made either All-Defensive team were
- Rudy Gobert
- Paul George
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Marcus Smart
- Eric Bledsoe
- Jrue Holiday
- Klay Thompson
- Joel Embiid
- Draymond Green
- Kawhi Leonard
Notably of the ten players above only Holiday was on a non-playoff team, so winning helps players get recognition.
Strangely James Harden received 4 votes for his efforts on defense, while noted 2-way player Jimmy Butler got only 9 votes and perennial all-defense stalwart Chris Paul 7 votes.
Among guards Richardson’s 3 votes bested Ben Simmons’ and Donovan Mitchell’s 2, even though Richardson often wasn’t a guard but a small forward.
Nice to see Adebayo get a nod for his contributions this season, with hopefully many more accolades coming in the future.
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