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Two Miami Heat players receive 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive team votes

Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo garnered votes for their efforts on the defensive side of the floor.

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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.

For the complete NBA press release click here.