The list of the Defensive specialists doesn’t just end with the NBA All-Defensive First team. As the league feels just five players don’t complete a full set, the NBA also has an All-Defensive Second Team to commemorate the players who have shown defensive excellence and has been a major impact in the team.
Here are the players who made it into the All-Defensive Second Team:-
Holiday is a type of player whom everyone wants in their team. His ability to make plays and score at will is what’s highly needed in a floor general. But his most fearsome skill is his perimeter lockdown defense. Holiday takes on the duty to defend the best guard in the opposing team and make them work their shots. This season he has averaged 1.6 steals per game and his impact on the team is felt during his absence when the opposition plows through with 3-pointers.
Thybulle has mostly been a bench player ever since he was drafted but he has continued to make noise on the defensive end of the floor. This season with Ben Simmons out, he had the opportunity to start in games and he has been on an absolute tear. He can lock down the perimeter and protect the rim as well. This season he has been averaging 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He has been Philadelphia 76ers’ savior during defensive crunch time and surely he has an upward trajectory in his career.
The former Defensive Player of the Year has earned his place in the All-Defensive team despite suffering injuries in the season. If not for those injuries, Draymond Green would have surely won the Defensive Player of the Year award this time as well. This season, Green has averaged 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. With the ability to guard the perimeter and the interior so well, Green definitely has been indispensible for the Warriors with the ability to guard all 5 positions.
Robert Williams III
Williams was always an energetic center who could defend the paint with his athleticism. Although he is undersized for his position, he has not slacked off in the shot blocking category. He has averaged 2.2 blocks per game this season only behind Jaren Jackson Jr. and Rudy Gobert both of whom have made it into the first-team. Williams has a bright future ahead of him as he is slowly progressing in his offensive abilities. It will not be a surprise to see him consistently make the All-Defensive teams in the coming years.
Being a no name when coming into the league, Bam Adebayo certainly earned his stripes as a versatile big man. Being undersized and yet so impactful has been his saving grace as he puts his work on the floor. He has averaged 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game this season. His ability to guard all five positions gives the heat ample options to switch him to the perimeter. With the rate at which he is developing, Adebayo had a lot more noise to make in his journey in the NBA.
These five players are equally as tenacious as the All-Defensive First Team players. Of course, there are other players who deserve mentions. But this wasn’t just their year. It is said that defense wins championships and surely one of these players from both teams will be making defensive plays which would give earn their team the 2022 NBA Championship.