2020 NBA Awards Season

Who Were the Best Defenders in the NBA This Season?

Offense gets all the glory, but defense still wins championships. Let’s pick All-Defense teams and a Defensive Player of the Year…

Brandon Anderson
Mar 28 · 12 min read

CENTER

FIRST TEAM
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee

SECOND TEAM
Rudy Gobert, Utah

HONORABLE MENTIONS

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

FORWARDS

FIRST TEAM
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee

FIRST TEAM
Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers

SECOND TEAM
Jonathan Isaac, Orlando

SECOND TEAM
Kawhi Leonard, L.A. Clippers

HONORABLE MENTIONS

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

GUARDS

FIRST TEAM
Patrick Beverley, L.A. Clippers

FIRST TEAM
Marcus Smart, Boston

SECOND TEAM
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia

SECOND TEAM
Kris Dunn, Chicago

HONORABLE MENTIONS

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
2. Brook Lopez
3. Rudy Gobert

FIRST-TEAM ALL DEFENSE

Patrick Beverley, L.A. Clippers
Marcus Smart, Boston
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers
Brook Lopez, Milwaukee

SECOND-TEAM ALL DEFENSE

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia
Kris Dunn, Chicago
Jonathan Isaac, Orlando
Kawhi Leonard, L.A. Clippers
Rudy Gobert, Utah

Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post
Image for post

SportsRaid

Original reporting and curated sports data journalism.

Sign up for SportsRaid

By SportsRaid

Sports Data Journalism Take a look

By signing up, you will create a Medium account if you don’t already have one. Review our Privacy Policy for more information about our privacy practices.

Check your inbox
Medium sent you an email at to complete your subscription.

Brandon Anderson

Written by

Sports, TV, NBA, NFL, culture. Words at SI's Cauldron, Sports Raid, Action Network, others @wheatonbrando ✞

SportsRaid

Original reporting and curated sports data journalism. Actively looking for additional writers.

Brandon Anderson

Written by

Sports, TV, NBA, NFL, culture. Words at SI's Cauldron, Sports Raid, Action Network, others @wheatonbrando ✞

SportsRaid

Original reporting and curated sports data journalism. Actively looking for additional writers.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store