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NBA All-Defense Team filled with playoff participants. Coincidence?

May 5, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Defense wins championships. Or, at least you gets you into the playoffs.

That’s the one easy takeaway from the announcement of the NBA All-Defensive teams. There are no shocks on here, everyone belongs, which is what you get when the coaches vote and not media members paid by teams who have their own agendas. Of course, a couple coaches gave Joe Johnson a vote, so clearly they are not infallible.

The coaches also vote Tim Duncan in as a center, as it should be. Not that “forward” crap the Spurs sell with their All-Star voting each year. He hasn’t been a forward since David Robinson retired.

Dwight Howard had the most votes, followed by Rajon Rondo and LeBron James. Here’s the whole list.

Dwight Howard, Center, Orlando
LeBron James, Forward, Cleveland
Gerald Wallace, Forward, Charlotte
Rajon Rondo, Guard,
Kobe Bryant, Guard, L.A.

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Tim Duncan, Center, San Antonio
Josh Smith, Forward, Atlanta
Anderson Varejao, Forward, Cleveland
Thabo Sefolosha, Guard, Oklahoma City
Dwyane Wade, Guard, Miami

  1. Atomsk - May 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Artest belongs in there too.

  2. Geo13Dude - May 5, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Okay, how is Josh Smith the runner-up for ‘Defensive Player of the Year’, yet NOT on the All-Defensive First Team???
    Do these sportswriters REALLY pay attention???

  3. inlalaland - May 5, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    kirk hinrich (2nd team), ron artest (1st team), josh smith(1st team).
    all three deserve to be there. according to the players, ron artest is the toughest defender in the NBA. josh smith was a runner-up for DPOY, and kirk hinrich is the BEST defender at his position.

  4. Craig W. - May 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Anyone who expects awards voted on by anyone but the players has a serious lack of understanding of the definition of fan (of of paid fan – talking head).

  5. mac - May 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Artest should have been here.
    This is not a good list if don’t have 1 on the premier defenders on this list.
    Ask anyone in the NBA if Ron Artest is should be on the list.
    Ask Durant.
    If Lebron James is on this list and Thabo Sefolosha (who KB24 torched)and Josh Smith. Please tell me why Ron Artest is not on this list?

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