The NBA announced its All-Defensive teams today, and for the second straight year the league’s Defensive Player of the Year didn’t get a spot on the All-Defensive First Team.
Memphis Grizzles center Marc Gasol, this year’s Defensive POY, ended up on the Second Team. Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and the New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler shared that position on the First Team, having received identical point totals from voters. Had Noah and Chandler not tied, one would have been relegated to the Second Team and Gasol wouldn’t have made either squad.
Last year Chandler found himself on the Second Team despite winning the Defensive POY award.
Forwards LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma Thunder and guards Tony Allen of the Grizzlies and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers joined Noah and Chandler on the First Team. All four were also named to the First Team last season. Allen was the top vote-getter with 25 First Team votes and three Second Team Votes.
Forwards Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, and guards Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics and Mike Conley of the Grizzlies join Gasol on the Second Team. The Grizzlies are the first team since the 1995-96 Bulls to place three players on the league’s All-Defensive teams.
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