NBA All-Defensive Team announced; Defensive POY misses out on first-team
Guard: Chris Paul, LAC
Guard: Tony Allen, MEM
Forward: LeBron James, MIA
Forward: Serge Ibaka, OKC
Center: Tyson Chandler, NYK
Center: Joakim Noah, CHI
Guard: Mike Conley, MEM
Guard: Avery Bradley, BOS
Forward: Paul George, IND
Forward: Tim Duncan, SAS
Center: Marc Gasol, MEM
LeBron James was the leading vote-getter. With the size and athleticism to guard just about anyone in the league successfully, you can probably pencil in LBJ for the next several All-Defensive teams. It's LeBron's fifth straight All-Defensive first-team selection.
For the second straight season, the Defensive Player of the Year didn't make the All-Defensive first-team. Last year it was Tyson Chandler; this year it was Marc Gasol. The Defensive POY is voted on by the media, while the All-Defensive team is voted on by the NBA coaches.
Seven of the eleven All-Defensive team players came from teams who finished top-five in opponent points per game (MEM, IND, CHI, LAC, MIA).
Some players who just missed out: Andre Iguodala (DEN), Larry Sanders (MIL), Thabo Sefolosha (OKC), Luol Deng (CHI), Dwight Howard (LAL).
This is the first season since 2006-07 that Dwight Howard did not make the team.