Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Marcus Smart named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

The NBA has announced that Celtics guard Marcus Smart made the All-Defensive First Team for the 2018-19 season. This is Smart's first career defensive team selection, while also becoming the first Boston player to be named to the All-Defensive First Team since Avery Bradley during the 2015-16 campaign.

Smart started in 60 games this season, while averaging 1.8 steals per contest, both career-highs. The young veteran and longest tenured Celtic, finished with a team-best defensive rating of 107. Smart led all guards with 145 total points -- 63 first team votes and 19 second team votes.

Eric Bledsoe was next closest guard, who also joins Smart on the first team, with 100 total points (36 first team votes and 28 second team votes). Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George and Rudy Golbert round out the rest of this year's All-Defensive First Team.

Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard and Joel Embiid were named to the league's All-Defensive Second Team.

Al Horford (4 second team votes), Jaylen Brown (1 second team vote) and Kyrie Irving (1 second team vote) were the only other Celtics players to receive votes as well.

Joel Pavón

Picture used courtesy of NBC Sports Boston

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