Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert All-Defensive nod may foreshadow DPOY selection

Hope Soto
May 26, 2018

After Gobert's late January return, the Jazz posted the second best record in the National Basketball Association (30-8), the best defensive rating in the National Basketball Association (97.5), the best net rating (10.8), the lowest opponent scoring average (97.4) and were tied for the lowest opponent field goal percentage during that stretch (.431).

Davis was seventh in rebounding (11.1 per game) and first in blocks (2.6 per game).

Gobert, who received the most votes of any player, is now a two-time All-Defensive First Team choice, while Davis made the first team for the first time after previously being named to the second team twice.

In effect, he was narrowly edged out by Butler, who had just 20 first team votes, but 79 total points. Kevin Garnett in 2012 was the last Celtics player named to the second team.

During the course of the season, Lillard was recognized for his stellar play three times as Western Conference Player of the Week and was named to the NBA All-Star Team for the third time in his career.

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The NBA Awards are scheduled to take place June 25.

Jrue Holiday New Orleans - 39 first-team votes, 27 second-team votes, 105 total points. Lillard received All-NBA Second Team honors in 2015-16 and was named to the Third Team in 2013-14.

Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves (22.2 ppg/5.3 rpg/4.9 apg/1.97 spg): In his first season with Minnesota, Butler shot a career-high 47.4 percent from the field, ranked fourth in the NBA in steals average and was selected to the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Both Holiday (9.1 fewer points per 100 possessions) and Covington (8.4) made major differences on the court versus when they were off the court for their teams as Oladipo led the league in steals per game (2.4).

For the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, Joel Embiid and the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green led players with 90 and 86 points, respectively.

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