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Damian Lillard says this player was ‘beyond a snub’ for all-defensive team

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Sometimes when the NBA media votes on players, they might miss a player who is certainly deserving of more praise and votes then the final outcome.

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard certainly thinks they dropped the ball on one talented player in particular that he admires from afar.

The NBA released the All-Defensive First and Second Teams on Tuesday, but a number of NBA players, including Lillard, think New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was snubbed from this year’s list.

Members of the First Team are Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.

On the other hand, the 2019-20 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, Bucks center Brook Lopez, Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley and Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe.

Holiday, who received 18 total voting points among guards and ranks 11th in the list of steals made per game this year, was not on either team this year.


Weeks ago, Lillard actually appeared on Redick’s podcast where he said that Holiday, in his opinion and experience, is the best defensive guard in the league. 

Outside of Lillard, several other NBA players featured on the ‘All The Smoke’ podcast saved said that Holiday is one of the most underrated and overlooked players in the league.

Voters sometimes get this wrong time and time again, but the players will make sure that they are vocal of the respect that they will hand out to players who deserve it.

Holiday might not be on the list, could be because he is on the Pelicans, but the respect of the players and the game you play night in and night out  is more worth it at the end of the day.

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