Rudy Gobert, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team.
The three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award finished with nearly identical point totals as the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive Teams.
The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team also features Marcus Smart (145 points; 63 First Team votes) and Eric Bledsoe (100 points; 36 First Team votes). Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.
The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Jrue Holiday (90 points), Klay Thompson (82), Joel Embiid (80), Draymond Green (61) and Kawhi Leonard (39). This is the first NBA All-Defensive Team selection for Thompson, a five-time NBA All-Star.