The NBA acknowledged the best defenders in the game this year as they announced members of the 2021 All-NBA First and Second Teams.

Of course, leading the way is the newly-crowned Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, who made his fifth straight First Team nod. Wow.

Joining him are his DPOY competitors Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, while Bucks stoppers Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday rounded up the list.

The second team, meanwhile, was composed of another group of elite defenders; Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, and Kawhi Leonard.

Let’s get one thing straight, all these guys are deserving no doubt. Then again, only 10 players can be recognized so there will definitely be some notable snubs.

This season, we have several worthy guys who didn’t make the cut.

For starters, a guy who averaged 3.4 blocks per game should be a lock for at least the Second Team, right? Not exactly. Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner rejected shot after shot this year and made the Pacers a formidable defensive unit.

Still, he’s not on any All-Defensive teams this campaign. That’s insane. The same goes for Nerlens Noel, who anchored coach Tim Thibodeau’s magnificent defense down in New York.

But like Turner, the Knicks center also got snubbed big time. Noel stepped up when Mitchell Robinson suffered a season-ending injury and was the only player to average 1.1 steals and 2.2 blocks this season.

Still, that wasn’t enough to make the two defensive teams. Sheesh.

Speaking of the best defensive team in the league, the Lakers owned the highest defensive rating this season.

But sure enough, no Laker player made it to both defensive teams. The disrespect is real! Don’t tell us Anthony Davis did not deserve a spot!

Pundits also believe that Lu Dortz of the Thunder was also deserving this year.

So, did your favorite player make it to the Defensive Team? What do you think about the snubs? Which player should have made it the most?


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