Giannis Antetokounmpo beating Heat star Jimmy Butler in All-Defense First Team gets absolutely ripped by Kendrick Perkins
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo made it to the All-Defensive First Team for the 2020-21 season, while Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler was voted into the Second Team. However, Kendrick Perkins thinks it should be the other way around.
After the All-Defensive teams were announced and the voting results released, Perkins took to Twitter to show his dissatisfaction over the apparent snub of Butler in favor of Antetokounmpo. For the retired NBA center, it is a “crime” that the league’s steals leader for the 2020-21 season didn’t make the First Team while a player who is “guarding nobody” made it.
Giannis making 1st team NBA All Defense over Jimmy Butler is a damn CRIME!!! Jimmy only led the league in steals this season and btw Giannis don’t be guarding NOBODY. Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 14, 2021
Jimmy Butler indeed led the league in steals with 2.1 per game for the Heat, and as Kendrick Perkins said, it could be argued he should be in the First Team.
As for Antetokounmpo, he’s the 2019-20 Defensive Player of the Year, so his impact on defense can’t also be denied. Nonetheless, there is no doubt he’s not as impactful in 2020-21 as he was in the previous campaign.
For what it’s worth, though, Butler and Antetokounmpo are not that far away in the voting tally. The Bucks forward finished with 1135 points after getting 43 First Team votes and 49 Second Team votes. As for the Heat swingman, he had 37 First Team and Second Team votes each for 111 points–same with his Miami teammate Bam Adebayo.
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— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) June 14, 2021
While some more like Perkins are surely not happy with the voting results, the fact of the matter is Antetokounmpo still finished in the Top 5 for the Defensive Player of the Year. With that said, a First Team finish is not that really surprising.
Nonetheless, there’s no doubt Butler is equally deserving of the honor.
It remains to be seen how Giannis and Jimmy will react to the honor, but they probably couldn’t care less about it given that what’s important for them is winning. Butler’s Heat are already out of the playoffs, while Antetokounmpo’s Bucks are still alive and tied 2-2 against the Brooklyn Nets in their series.