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About a month ago, Marcus Smart became the first guard since Gary Payton in the 1995-96 season to become the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year. Smart's the second Celtic since Kevin Garnett in 2007-08 to take home the honor, which came into existence in 1982-83.

Friday, Smart earned NBA All-Defensive First Team Honors, registering more voting points than anyone else. That's not a surprise for the individual named the league's best defender.

The other anchor of the Celtics' top-ranked defense, Robert Williams, got named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team. According to, Williams ranked first in defensive rating this season. He was second in blocked shots per game this season, averaging 2.2 per contest. He also ranked fourth in defensive box plus-minus and fifth in defensive win shares.

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