Selecting the 2019-20 NBA All-Defense First and Second teams

Rob Schaefer
NBC Sports Chicago

On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, Jason Goff, K.C. Johnson, Rob Schaefer and Tony Gill discussed their picks for the 2019-20 NBA All-Defense teams.

The caveat, of course, is that the NBA season has yet to officially conclude. Eight seeding games remain in the regular season for the 22 squads taking part in the league's Disney restart, and it's yet unclear how those will factor into award voting.

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So, take these as tentative selections for the sake of spirited discussion. With some subjectivity and interpretive liberties taken by position, here's what we came up with:

K.C. Johnson

First team

G: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

G: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

F: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

C: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Second team

G: Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

G: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks

F: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

F: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

C: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Rob Schaefer

First team

G: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

G: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

F: Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

C: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Second team

G: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks

G: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

F: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

F: Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

C: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

The panel also broke down the merits of Dunn's All-Defense case, Joel Embiid's all-time potential, Brook Lopez's development and some of the other most dynamic defenders around the league. 

You can listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below. More award selections to come next week:

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