Grizzlies star Ja Morant blasts All-Defense voting, reminds everyone of one blatant omission
The votes are in. The NBA has officially announced this season’s first and second All-Defense teams, and as expected, there were a number of notable snubs. Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant wasn’t very happy with how the vote turned out, and he was quick to remind everyone on social media about one particular omission from the teams.
According to Morant, his Grizzlies teammate Dillon Brooks should have been on the All-Defense team:
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) June 14, 2021
Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert headlines the All-Defense first team, which also includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, and Jrue Holiday. The second team is comprised of Miami Heat pair Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, and a couple of Philadelphia 76ers players in Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle. Unfortunately for Brooks, there was no room for him on either team.
To be fair to Ja Morant, he does make a bit of a point here. Brooks had a tremendous season with the Grizzlies, and his defense has been nothing short of outstanding. His value on the defensive end for Memphis took center stage when they defeated Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the play-in game. Brooks continued to build his case during their first-round series against the mighty Utah Jazz, but in the end, his effort came short.
Despite the snub, Brooks still remains to be one of the top defenders in the league today. This may not have been his year, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he finally makes the cut next season. Ja Morant defintely seems to think so.