Just call Kentucky the “All-Defense” University.
For the fifth time in six years, at least one former Kentucky Wildcat was named to one of the NBA’s All-Defensive Teams, with the trio of Anthony Davis (LAL), Bam Adebayo (MIA), and Eric Bledsoe (MIL) receiving the honors for the ongoing 2019-20 season. The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report the news.
Davis was named to the First Team, alongside Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokunmpo, two time-DPOY Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, and Ben Simmons. Adebayo and Bledsoe both joined Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, and Brook Lopez on the Second Team.
2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive teams:
First team: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Marcus Smart, Ben Simmons
Second team: Bam Adebayo, Patrick Beverley, Eric Bledsoe, Kawhi Leonard, Brook Lopez
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 8, 2020
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 8, 2020
Here’s a breakdown of the voting.
Here are the full NBA All-Defensive Team voting results: pic.twitter.com/QqB5CGtthT
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) September 8, 2020
Davis received the third-most votes to make the First Team with 87, trailing only Antetokounmpo (97 points) and Simmons (88 points), while hauling in the second-most points overall. Adebayo and Bledsoe both comfortably made the cut with 61 and 59 points, respectively. Kentucky has a recent history of appearing on the All-Defensive Teams, with Davis claiming his fourth and Bledsoe his second. Adebayo made the cut for the first time in his still-young career and will surely be a regular winner of this award.
But going back even further, John Wall made the Second Team during the 2014-15 season while Rajon Rondo made an All-Defensive Team four consecutive years spanning from 2008-2012. Before him, Tayshaun Prince also made four straight All-Defensive teams from 2004-2008. Since the 2004-05 NBA season, only three times did a former Wildcat not make one of the two All-Defensive teams. Not bad recruiting fuel for John Calipari, is it?