Raptors' Fred VanVleet misses NBA All-Defensive Team by one spot

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) rips of his jersey as he walks off the floor during first half NBA first round playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto, Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet did not make one of the NBA's two All-Defensive Teams, missing out by just one spot in the voting.

The first team is headlined by Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, along with Mikal Bridges, Rudy Gobert, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jaren Jackson Jr.

The second team includes Bam Adebayo, Jrue Holiday, Matisse Thybulle, Robert Williams III and Draymond Green.

VanVleet received two first-team votes and 37 second-team votes for 41 total points -- 46 points behind Thybulle, who earned the last guard spot. Overall, VanVleet earned the most points of any player not to make one of the teams, even earning more than Green, who made the second team since he's a forward.

Fellow Raptor Scottie Barnes earned two second-team votes while OG Anunoby received one.

Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Bridges, the runner-up to Smart for the league's top defensive award, got 95 first-team votes and three second-team votes for a total of 193 points.

Players received two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote. The full results can be found here.

In 65 games this season, VanVleet often guarded the opposing team's best point guard for the Raptors' No. 5 defence. He also averaged 1.7 steals per game.

With files from the Associated Press

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