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Jaren Jackson Jr. selected to All-Defensive First Team

First team All-Defense.

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The NBA announced its All-Defensive teams tonight, and Jaren Jackson Jr. got his rightfully-deserved flowers as one of the league’s premier defenders.

Jaren Jackson has been selected for the All-Defensive First Team.

It was a spectacular defensive year for Jackson — leading the league in total blocks (177), block percentage (7.4%), blocks per game (2.3) and total stocks (250). For historical reference, and to sum up his 2-way impact, here’s a list of the only players to have 250+ stocks and 100+ 3’s in a single season:

Jaren Jackson was a driving force for a Memphis Grizzlies defense that was last in efficiency through the 1st month and climbed all the way up to 6th (108.9) defensive rating.

The 2021-22 season has set a strong foundation for him to be a transformative defender for the next decade. With his shot-blocking and his versatility through switching, he has all the tools to be a mainstay on All-Defensive teams throughout his career.

Jaren Jackson is now First-Team All-Defense.

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