Bucks stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday named to NBA all-defensive teams

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and guard Jrue Holiday defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Goran Dragic during a game last February at Fiserv Forum.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and guard Jrue Holiday defend against Brooklyn Nets guard Goran Dragic during a game last February at Fiserv Forum.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks were honored for their individual defensive prowess from the 2021-22 season as they were named to NBA all-defensive teams on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo was named to the first team, which was the fifth career all-defensive team selection for him (four first-teams, one second-team). It tied him with Hall of Famer Sidney Moncrief for most selections in franchise history.

Due to center Brook Lopez missing 69 games with a back injury, the 27-year-old Antetokounmpo spent much of this season playing at the “five” position on defense for the Bucks.

Among players who played in at least 60 games, Antetokounmpo tied for 19th in the NBA with 1.4 blocks per game and was No. 22 in the NBA after earning .122 defensive win shares.*

Holiday was named to the second team and it is his fourth all-defensive team selection overall.

The 31-year-old point guard averaged 1.6 steals per game, which was tied for ninth in the NBA. He also earned .103 defensive win shares and was tied for No. 42 in the league in that category along with teammates Khris Middleton and Grayson Allen.

By earning a spot on an all-defense team, Holiday earned a $120,000 bonus.

*The NBA calculates win shares differently than other statistical sites. The Journal Sentinel uses official league stats in its reporting.

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