Raptors' Fred VanVleet misses NBA All-Defensive Team by one spot

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet misses NBA All-Defensive Team by one spot

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet didn’t make the NBA’s two All-Defensive Teams, missing out on just one spot in the vote.

The first team is led by Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, alongside Mikal Bridges, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jaren Jackson Jr.

The second team includes Bam Adebayo, Jrue Holiday, Matisse Thybulle, Robert Williams III and Draymond Green.

VanVleet received two first-team votes and 37 second-team votes for 41 points overall – 46 points behind Thybulle, who earned the last guard spot. Overall, VanVleet earned the most points of any player for not making one of the teams, even earning more than Green, who made the second team as he is a striker.

Fellow Raptor Scottie Barnes got two second team votes while OG Anunoby received one.

Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Bridges, Smart’s runner-up for the league’s top defensive award, got 95 first-team votes and three second-team votes for a total of 193 points.

Players received two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote. Full results are available here.

In 65 games this season, VanVleet has often saved the opposing team’s best playmaker for the Raptors’ No. 5 defense. He also averaged 1.7 steals per game.

With files from The Associated Press

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