The Boston Celtics were the No. 1 defense in the NBA this season, led by the Defensive Player of the Year in Marcus Smart. But when the league announced their All-Defensive Teams, the Celtics had a league-high six players who all received votes.
Marcus Smart: 99 First, 0 Second
Robert Williams: 3 First, 64 Second
Jayson Tatum: 1 First, 2 Second
Jaylen Brown: 1 First
Al Horford: 1 First
Derrick White: 3 Second
It’s worth mentioning that Smart and Williams both made First-Team and Second-Team All Defensive for the 2021-22 season.
This Celtics group put together one of the greatest mid-season turnarounds in NBA history and it was mostly predicated on their team defense.
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