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LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

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Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense.

But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this year for the Heat and deserved to be on top of the list. It also was good to see Tony Allen make the first team, that is well deserved.

But then it gets interesting. Serge Ibaka is a fantastic shot blocker but when it comes to man defending or defending in space he has work to do. Dwight Howard made the first team over Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. Chris Paul makes it and Dwyane Wade doesn’t? Really? And Kobe Bryant does not deserve to be on these teams anymore — he brings the defensive intensity sporadically now. It’s another reputation vote.

As for the really funny stuff, go down to “others receiving votes” list, where you can see Carlos Boozer got as many votes as Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Or that Russell Westbrook got more votes than Thabo Sefolosha.

I’d say these are voted on by the coaches, but we all know this is really voted on by whoever the coach hands the ballot to. Could be anyone.

NBA All-Defensive First Team (points in parenthesis):

Forward: LeBron James, Miami (53)
Forward: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (47)
Center: Dwight Howard, Orlando (41)
Guard: Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 35
Guard: Tony Allen, Memphis (33)

NBA All-Defensive Second Team (points in parenthesis):

Forward: Kevin Garnett, Boston (26)
Forward: Luol Deng, Chicago (20)
Center: Tyson Chandler, New York (36)
Guard: Rajon Rondo, Boston (29)
Guard: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (17)

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 19 (4); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 14; Iman Shumpert, New York, 13 (4); Paul George, Indiana, 10 (2); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 9 (2); Josh Smith, Atlanta, 8 (2); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 5 (1); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 5 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix, 5 (1); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 5 (1); Avery Bradley, Boston, 3 (1); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 3 (1); Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 3; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 3; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2, (1); Mike Conley, Memphis, 2; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 1; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 1.

  1. Justin - May 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Tyson Chandler. NBA Defensive player of the year. NBA All-Defensive second team. Wait what?

    • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Press votes for Def. player of the year. Coaches vote for all defensive team.

      Seems like the coaches got it right!

  2. isujames - May 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    How does the defensive player of the year not make all defensive 1st team, and why the hell is Kobe, “I don’t draw charges Bryant ” on this list ????

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Because he actually plays defense without FLOPPING, like Battier and some of the rest of these guys who get undeserved mention as “good to great defensive players” do.

      • heat256 - May 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Well, Wr Wrong, if you refuse to let an offensive player get near you, you can’t be accused of flopping. Now, Kobe of course never had a problem running into and over a defender and looking like he was mugged on his way to the hoop. His inclusion on this list is by rep only. AI should have made it over him.

      • loungefly74 - May 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        thank you.

      • girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        kobe flops. he draws fouls from hooking under peoples arms then trying to run through it and throwing his arms up.

  3. b7p19 - May 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Iggy should be on the first team, but I would have at least settled for the second team. Also, Avery Bradley is a better defender than his votes state. Grant Hill cannot possibly be considered an elite defender anymore. Chicago and Philly, two of the top three defensive teams in the NBA combined for 1 player out of ten. Joe Johnson got a 1st team vote…

    But as Kurt states, these teams are routinely a joke.

  4. gpatrick15 - May 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    So…Tyson Chandler wins Defensive Player of the YEar, but doesn’t make the All-Defensive First Team? Strange.

  5. ezmagic - May 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Tyson doesn’t deserve D player of the year. That was a joke. Chandlers numbers suck compared to Dwight’s nbers, defensive presence and defensive rebounding . D12 didn’t get D poy due to his waffling. Chandler did not make the knicks any better. They still suck

    • blueintown - May 23, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Except the Knicks improved exponentially in every single defensive category upon Chandler’s arrival. And they gave up around 120 points per game when he was out compared to 93 when he was in.

    • drunkenjunk - May 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      you should probably get off your boys nuts, he won’t be there much longer.

    • kavika6 - May 24, 2012 at 5:04 AM

      Tim Duncan is a MUCH better defender than Chandler. The only reason Chandler got it was because he played for the Knicks and the press loves the Knicks. Any award given by the press is a joke. The Spurs, Pacers or Jazz could win the championship and the press would choose a different team as the best team of the year.

      • blueintown - May 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        Every single sentence in that statement is shockingly stupid. Duncan may have been a better defender at one point in his career, but that was a loooong time ago. These teams were voted on by coaches who clearly saw Duncan in a similar light, or you could just ask Greg Poppovich, who earlier this season called this the worst defensive team he had ever coached.

  6. ezmagic - May 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Doesn’t the media vote for D player of year? Most were against Dwight so more of them voted for chandler.

    Coaches/asst coaches vote for nba D team and know Dwight is a much better defensive player than chandler.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Chandler actually played on the ball AND weakside. Ibaka can only guard a guy straight up by pulling, grabbing and holding him down while attempting to block a shot. I’m never impressed by weakside blocks, which is his forte. Stoudemire does that, and he’s an awful defender overall.

    Dwight deserves it just as much as Chandler does, but Chandler had a much larger effect on the Knicks’ overall defense, as he motivated guys who NEVER play D to do so. No one on Orlando even attempts to play D outside of Howard. That’s a big deal.

    Ibaka… eh.

    LeBron is ALL WORLD defensively. Glad he finally decided to dedicate himself to it. Now if he would stop the 1-4 flat nonsense on offense and get into the post or triple threat on the block more frequently, they’d be truly unbeatable. They’re way too predictable offensively. When is he going to figure it out, when he begins to lose his athletic superiority in his early-mid 30s?

    Those complaining elsewhere about Kobe being 2nd team don’t watch objectively. When he slides over to shut down guys (like he did Lawson, and Russ at times), somehow they’re too busy on Twitter complaining about imaginary calls that they seem to think he gets offensively to notice, I guess.

    • loungefly74 - May 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      great analysis and breakdown.

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      yeah he really shut down russ.

    • borderline1988 - May 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      Kobe is a great defender when he wants to be. He has tremendous basketball IQ and seems to know how to guard different players in different ways.

      That being said, he doesn’t give full effort at least 80% of the time he plays. I’ve watched him a lot this year and it’s really like that.That’s why he doesn’t deserve these spots.

  8. buffalowned - May 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    If you really watched Dwayne wade play in the regular season you would see his defense was average because he rarely tried or got back. All you see are his highlight reel blocks and that’s why people think he’s an elite defender. And that’s coming from a heat fan

    • paintman34 - May 23, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      your obviously someone who wasnt a heat fan before lebron came

      • buffalowned - May 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        not saying he can’t be elite or wasn’t in this the past but this year the effort was not their on defense in the regular season. can’t really blame him with the condensed schedule but there is no argument for him being all defense this year

    • southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Except DWade is the best blocking guard at 6’3 ever..

  9. abchome - May 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Why is it that Kobe Bryant (17 points) makes the second team instead of Andre Iguodala (19 points)? Both are guards and Andre Iguodala has more points!

  10. lavoysboy - May 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    deng and kobe over iggy?

  11. jjordannba - May 23, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Avery Bradley is one of the best if not THE BEST defensive Point Guard in the league, and Clearly is better than Chris Paul

    • girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      i’ll agree he’s better than CP3 on D but i dunno about one of the best. maybe in a few years.

  12. david8726 - May 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Whoever voted for Boozer should auto-lose their ability to vote on this.

  13. zblott - May 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    It wouldn’t be late-May without the NBA releasing their ridiculously flawed All-Defensive teams. Dwight over Tyson is laughable (this year). Kobe over Iguodala is the stuff stupidity is made of. Tony Allen earning his first 1st-team instead of fourth is criminal.

  14. iamhoraceknight - May 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    All Of The Voting Should Be Done By Coaches and Players ONLY. The Media def has FAVS. How Does Andre Igoudala not make any team>

  15. rodge1 - May 23, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Boozer got votes because he defended himself very well. Just look at his offense this year. No one else could stop him like himself.

  16. eagles512 - May 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Iguodala is a first team defender.

  17. tcclark - May 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    The “Shoulda-been” first team

    Guard: Avery Bradley
    Guard: Tony Allen
    Forward: Andre Iguodala
    Forward: Lebron James
    Center: Tyson Chandler

    If you’ve watched Bradley play, you understand this. The guy is relentless.

    Tony Allen has deserved this for a while. I’m glad he made it

    Iguodala has deserved to be on the first team each of the past 5 years… at least. The guy is the best perimeter defender in the NBA. His defense is the reason he was an all-star, it was the reason he’s playing with the Olympic team this summer, it’s the reason he was a starter for the FIBA team.

    Lebron has stepped up his defense. I still dont think he’s as good as everyone says, but he played very well this year. This was close between him and Garnett. Garnett’s defense turned the Celtics around, but it was his play at the 5 that did that.Lebron gets it because he played really good defense at the forward position.

    Chandler completely improved the Knicks defense. I’m one of the people that don’t have a problem with him winning the DPOY. Look at the Knicks defense with and without him.

  18. kavika6 - May 24, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    I would love to see team awards given, along with individual awards.

  19. southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Grow a brain.

  20. southbeachtalent - May 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    wrong thread!

  21. jimeejohnson - May 23, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Thought you were on that anti-cannabis site?

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