Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Utah had the second-rated defensive unit in the National Basketball Association, allowing 101.6 points per 100 opponent possessions and only 97.7 points when Gobert was on the court. The 6-11 forward/center received the second-most points (163) and First Team votes (73), behind Gobert.

Gobert, who averaged 13.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks this season, was named one of the top five defenders in the league along with Anthony Davis, Victor Oladipo, Robert Covington and Jrue Holliday.

Rudy Gobert, Utah - 94 first-team votes, four second-team votes, 192 total points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone for the most All-NBA First Team selections after being named to the elite team for the 12 time in his 15-year career.

Anthony Davis, Pelicans (28.1 ppg/11.1 rpg/2.57 bpg/53.4 FG%): Davis led the National Basketball Association in blocks average, ranked second in scoring average and finished fifth in rebounding average.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis headlined the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. This is the third time Lillard has earned All-NBA honors, but his first appearance as a First Team selection. Lillard received All-NBA Second Team honors in 2015-16 and was named to the Third Team in 2013-14.

The NBA Awards are scheduled to take place June 25.

Both players, along with Sixers' center Joel Embiid, are finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The Second Team consists of Embiid, Draymond Green, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and Dejounte Murray.

Led by Gobert for the second-straight season, the Jazz had a top-five defense with a defensive rating of 101.6, the second best rating in the National Basketball Association and had the fifth-best net rating in the National Basketball Association (4.6) in 2017-18.

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