France's Rudy Gobert leads picks for NBA All-Defensive Team

Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Cameroonian center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers were named to the All-NBA Second Team along with San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who edged Golden State's Stephen Curry by one vote for the last spot on the second squad.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday joined Gobert and Davis on the first team.

Davis ranked second in the National Basketball Association with 28.1 points per contest and grabbed 11.1 rebounds a game, while Lillard was fourth with 26.9 points a game and four-time scoring champion Durant ranked sixth with 26.4 a game.

For the first time in his career, Celtics center Al Horford was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team on Wednesday.

Anthony Davis, New Orleans - 73 first-team votes, 17 second-team votes, 163 total points. He also becomes just the third Trail Blazers player to be named All-NBA First Team along with Clyde Drexler who earned that honor in 1991-92 and Bill Walton who made the cut in 1977-78.

The only prior first-team defensive selection was Gobert, who made his debut past year when he led the National Basketball Association with 2.6 blocked shots a game.

Holiday, who racked up 64 blocks, made his first appearance on the team. His cap hit for the 2018-19 season will be $25.97 million.

If it's any consolation, George narrowly missed the cut, as he finished with 69 total points, including 22 first team votes. Oladipo, a 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team choice, led the league in steals.

Cameroon center Embiid is also a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award, which will be announced next month at the NBA Awards show.

  • Stacy Allen