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Three former Wildcats make NBA All-Defensive Teams



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.

Here’s a breakdown of the voting.

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?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for Three former Wildcats make NBA All-Defensive Teams

  1. slam212121
    11:16 pm September 8, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see if Herro gets props in the BBNBA tomorrow. His playoffs stats are higher in every category than those at UK with Hagans freezing him out.