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Giannis, Bledsoe, Lopez named to NBA all-defensive teams

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 19:10:32-04

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, and Brook Lopez have all been named to an NBA all-defensive teams.

Giannis was named to the NBA all-defensive first-team, while Lopez and Bledsoe have been named to second-team.

The NBA announced the news Tuesday prior to game five against the Miami Heat.

According to the Bucks, this is the first time in franchise history that the Bucks have had three players earn All-Defensive honors in the same season.

This is the third time and second season in a row that Giannis has earned the title. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2 times), Sidney Moncrief (4 times), and Paul Pressey (2 times) as the only players in franchise history to be selected to the All-Defensive First Team in multiple seasons.

This is also the second season in a row that Bledsoe has been selected for an NBA all-defensive team. For Lopez, though, this is a first.

Giannis is joining Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) and Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics) in the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Bledsoe and Lopez are joining Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Patrick Beverley (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) in the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

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