The NBA announced its first and second team All-Defensive selections on Monday, with players like Rudy Gobert and Ben Simmons highlighting the first team.
But Memphis Grizzlies star guard Ja Morant was disappointed his teammate, Dillon Brooks, did make either squad:
Brooks received just three second-team votes, falling well short of being selected:
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NYK’s Julius Randle (4 second-team votes) & Nerlens Noel (1 second-team vote) both received All Defensive Team votes. Full list of players who received votes but didn’t make a team are here (total points include the votes a player received outside of his listed position): pic.twitter.com/aGxiqMRvjY
It's hard to argue for Brooks ahead of any of the selections. Perhaps there will be the argument that Thybulle, who came off the bench all season and played just 20 minutes per game, shouldn't have been selected. But in a reserve role, Thybulle averaged a ridiculous 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.
A guard, in reserve minutes, averaging over a block a game is borderline unheard of. Brooks had a good season, but cracking the All-Defensive team was a tall order this year.