In 1988 the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to get back to the NBA Finals and defend their championship. L.A. dominated the Western Conference during the decade, but around this time there were a number of young teams looking to knock the Lakers off that throne. One such team was the Utah Jazz, led by the young duo of Karl Malone and John Stockton.
Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard. Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee were also voted Friday to the first team along with Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Rudy Gobert NBA First Team All-Defense. Gobert was named to the 2021-22 NBA All-Defense team today for the sixth time in his career, and for the sixth straight year. This is, obviously, no small feat.