Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 3:17 pm  |  77 responses

NBA Announces 2011-12 All-Defensive Teams

The NBA has announced that 2011-2012 All-Defensive team. Tyson Chandler, the ’11-12 Defensive Player of the Year, did not earn First Team honors. (If this confuses you, you’re not the only one.) Via a release from the NBA: “Miami Heat forward LeBron James, winner of the 2011-12 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. James totaled 53 points overall, including 24 First Team votes. He was the lone player to top 50 points. Joining James on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (47 points), guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (35 points) and Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (33 points), and center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic (41 points). Ibaka and Allen earn First Team honors for the first time; Allen was an NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection last season.”Here’s the full breakdown of the first and second teams:

2011-12 NBA All-Defensive First Team
Position Player (Team) 1st 2nd Points
Forward LeBron James (Heat) 24 5 53
Forward Serge Ibaka (Thunder) 20 7 47
Center Dwight Howard (Magic) 16 9 41
Guard Chris Paul (Clippers) 13 9 35
Guard Tony Allen (Grizzlies) 13 7 33
2011-12 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Position Player (Team) 1st 2nd Points
Forward Kevin Garnett (Celtics) 8 10 26
Forward Luol Deng (Bulls) 6 8 20
Center Tyson Chandler (Knicks) 13 10 36
Guard Rajon Rondo (Celtics) 9 11 29
Guard Kobe Bryant (Lakers) 7 3 17
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  • shutup

    How does defensive player of the year only get second team ? I’m utterly baffled.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    what’a joke.

  • todddd

    whenever i watch kobe play d he’s usually standing up

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The coaches vote for all-nba teams. The media votes for single player awards.
    The Coaches also don’t watch other teams play. Although I do agree with them that Howard was a better defender than Tyson.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So a cat that hasn’t played consistent defense since the 08 season makes it over Shrumpet, ABradley, JHolliday, Iggy and SMarion?

  • Ill Smith

    The fact that Kobe saw any votes let alone made the 2nd team ahead of DWade is more shocking than the DPOY not making the 1st team.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    It’s cool that Tony Allen got First Team.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Can we all agree that coaches can be complete morons? Kobe does not play defense. And the DPOY gets 2nd team. Utterly, laughably pathetic. Get your ish together NBA, this is embarrassing.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Put it this way, theres 9 coaches who think Tony Allen didn’t deserve either team. That’s pathetic.

  • 23

    Does anyone(other than the media) actually believe Tyson Chandler is a more valuable defender than Dwight Howard??!??

  • IamYOU

    Now Lebron’s on top of NBA All-Defensive First Team and Tyson Chandler who won dpoty is on NBA All-Defensive Second Team.. hmmm(scrathes beard) This is Absurd!

  • jayrose

    I can honestly say the Ibaka earned first team honors with out a doubt.

  • http://www.nba.com Gman

    how the hell did Kobe get it over Dwade….

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    DPOY on all defensive second team is an oxymoron

  • Heals

    Any chance we see these teams run a 2-game set on Fri and Sat night? Please, remember that whole lockout thing, I promise not to say another word about it or Stern. Promise…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    (imo) this is how it should have been
    . (1st Team) Tony Allen – Andre Iguodala – LeBron James – Kevin Garnett – Dwight Howard
    . (2nd Team) Avery Bradley – Jrue Holiday – Shawn Marion – Serge Ibaka – Tyson Chandler

  • IamYOU

    @Caboose Kobe does play defense just not good enough to be part of the defensive team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    No, Kobe really doesn’t play much defense. At all.

  • Kinetik

    no thabo?

  • http://www.barry.edu/hrdedd/default.htm Jpain

    surprised they chose Ibaka over Chandler. He had a lot more help with Perkins wearing the bigs down than Chandler did with AAAhmare and Melo.

  • IamYOU

    I think it should be
    (1st team) Lebron James, Tony Allen, Dwight Howard, Serge Ibaka, Andre Iguodla

    (2nd team) Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Josh Smith, Tyson Chandler

    this is my own opinion tho.

  • Bo

    If Igoudala isn’t on the list, the list is bunk.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, so you don’t think Shrumpet should be on that list? I know there are only a few spots open for guards but the guy was a top-5 perimeter defender from Gm1 to Gm66.

  • Jono

    Why is Kobe on this team? DWade/Afflalo both do a much better job!

  • elmaar

    kobe hasn’t been able playing both sides of the court since those 2008 finals when PP had the best of him
    and since then he shouldn’t have been on any first defensive teams, period
    tyson chandler on 2nd team is just hilarious
    chris paul on first team is a suspect as well
    somehow I believe these votes are partly handed on the potential to turn it on and not on consistency
    and where is Westbrook? Although he gambles sometimes I really thought he was a great on the ball defender as well

  • Tariq

    Why do I keep seeing these Wade over Kobe on defense are you kidding me. You mean the same man that consistently leaves wide open shooters and has not shut down a single star player at any point should be on 1st or 2nd team miss me with that nonsense.

  • Audie

    Kobe?.. no. Tony Allen shouldnt be a first teamer and Tyson deserves 2nd team. if dwight was healthy at the end he would of have the DPOY.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Taylor, it was between him and Holiday. Holiday played 65 games, Shumpert played 59. Which was the deciding factor, that’s how close it was imo

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Avery Bradley was the 2nd best defensive guard in the league once he got minutes. I realize he wasn’t really playing much the 1st half the season, but I couldn’t ignore how great he was. Just like Tony Allen last year.

  • Tariq

    I can see making the argument for Avery Bradley or Afflalo or even Shumpert but Wade no way. He plays the same defense as Allen Iverson constantly leaving his defensive responsibilities to try to make a steal or block sometimes it works most times it back fires his defense is not on that caliber.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    cosign nbk’s team. i read on espn that Boozer got a vote. somebody was having fun.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and if anyone checks the voting, Iguodala actually did receive more all-defense points then Kobe. But Kobe had 7 1st Team Votes!!!! (wtf, for real, 7 coaches are THAT unaware of what’s going on???) which gave him the edge apparently.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Redonc. What a joke.

  • ALD

    why did tyson win the def player of the year if he can’t make the 1st team… Dwight is a better defender but this just shows a contridiction.

  • alex

    MWP Ron Artest

  • http://slamonline best 7th man

    A complete travesty to leave out metta, always covers the best opposing player…

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    For the umpteenth year, the coaches prove that their voting isn’t any less of a joke than fan voting for All-Star teams. Kobe’s presence on there has to be a joke.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    @Nbk you mean to tell me you’d put Andre Iggy over Luol Deng who consistently shut Andre down throughout the series? I got Deng over Iggy easily.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    Just because he shut down Iggy doesn’t mean he’s a better defender. That’s bad logic Red.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Luol Deng is far greater than Iggy at Defense.

  • thunderfan35

    way to go serge “Iblocka” Ibaka. But where is james harden or even thabo. Isn’t what he did against kobe good enough?? Next year you will see at least three thunder players on that list

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Iggy is not a good offensively player (scoring wise) to begin with and using such a small sample size to rank players bordelines on stupidity. In terms of perimeter defenders, it’s TAllen, LeBron then Iggy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    If you think Deng is superior to Iguodala on defense then you plainly just didn’t pay attention this season.
    And it’s not worth arguing. Iguodala was flat out a monster on defense. Deng didn’t hold a candle to him this year. And that’s not me saying Deng isn’t a very good defender, because he is. But Iguodala was simply brilliant.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You mean, Kobe, Tony Allen, LeBron, then Iggy right Taylor?
    LMAO… WTH NBA… try and stay somewhat legitimate would ya?…
    I got Iggy over Deng defensively, but it’s close(ish).

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Who’s your All Worst-Defensive team by position??

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Lake, I actually meant Nash, Fisher then Kobe.

  • MeloMan15

    Not tryna be a homer… But Shumpert really desrved it more than Kobe. I guess him being a rookie effected voting

  • Damien

    Carmelo Anthony should have been the leading vote getter for the way he shut down the high scoring Mike D’Antoni offense all season.

  • MikeC.

    People can say what they want about Chandler being DPOY, that’s a fun debate. However, it’s silly that he’s DPOY and not 1st-Team all D. Silly says I.

  • Thee SwissArmyKnife

    Shawn Marion gets no love smh…I was watching a game where they said he holds his man to 34% fg shooting on the season that’s unheard of I don’t get how he’s always left off this list.

  • Andrew

    Whatttttttttttttttt the HELL is this

  • LP

    Who had avery bradley on their list????? it DPOY, not DPO the last 20 games…

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/3183/tex-winter-compares-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan Allenp

    I’ve been trying to avoid saying this all day, but I gotta do it.
    No one else found Larry Bird’s phrasing in his discussion of the Pacers last night hilarious?
    He said he was shocked his team “went soft.”
    C’mon man. That’s a hanging curveball.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    LOL. I could have sworn it would be someone else to bring that up

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol cosign nbk I thought it would be a troll to bring that up.

  • Kadavour

    MWP, Thabo, Gucci, Shump and Avery Bradley have the best hands on perimeter defense. Those guys CONSISTENTLY strip the ball from defenders, and get one-on-one blocked shots (if not effectively taking away the shot) on perimeter scorers. LeBron, Wade, Iggy (Iggy is the best of this group with ON-BALL defense) etc are excellent off ball defenders. I don’t see how CP3 made this list, neither Kobe (good defender, but inconsistent effort – it should go to the guys who always play defense). CP3 can’t guard big guards for his LIFE. Deron EATS him EVERY time.

  • LA Huey

    All-Matador Team (Criteria is that you have to get significant minutes)
    PG – Nash
    SG – Monta
    SF – Melo
    PF – Amare
    C – Darko

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ Huey, mine would be
    .PG – D.J. Augustin
    .SG – Anthony Morrow
    .SF – Marco Bellineli
    .PF – David Lee
    .C – Andrea Bargnani

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The NBA hasn’t made a good All-Defensive Team list since 1976. Fact.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Calderon’s gotta have that pg spot on lock!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    DMH, any other season you’d be right. But Calderon had his best defensive season of his career (which was still bad lol). Augustin was horrendous. HORRENDOUS!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Also, the games where Andre did horrible, Deng shot the ball well. Deng is a better defender, hands down & no doubt.

  • J.C.

    I’m a huge Kobe stan but even I have no idea how he keeps making these teams. I’m happy for Tony though, he’s really earned his place is this league. I’m also not mad about Tyson getting Second Team, that’s his spot. He’s a good defender but he won DPOY on hype and reputation alone.

  • Matt Park

    ^ Are you kidding me? Tyson Chandler was the reason that the Knicks were a top ten defense (along with their usually great rotations).

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Red, you have thoroughly proved your point. You THINK Deng is a better defender than Iggy. We got it, your wrong.
    Co-Sign J.C. I ain’t mad about Tyson on 2nd team nor do I understand how Kobe made 2nd team…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Lakeshow, Deng is the better Defender, it’s ok to not agree with me. Matter fact, Idc for your opinion which doesn’t even have any proof as to why you agree to it. And I don’t think you=we, check your ego it’s killing you.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Really Red? How bout you find someone who feels the same way as you….the “we” Lakeshow was referring to is, the MBA watching public. Not everyone. But just about.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Really Red? How bout you find someone who feels the same way as you….the “we” Lakeshow was referring to is, the NBA watching public. Not everyone. But just about.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    ( is my best friend). *NBA*

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    (Autospell is my best friend). *NBA*

  • Jerome

    Ron Artest was a good defender ManicWithPU$$ does not.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Do you have concrete statistics that say majority agree with you? Because I doubt most NBA watching fans really stop to think who’s better, Luol or Andre. Again, Luol is better. Sheesh nbk what kind’ve phone are you on.

  • http://www.nba.com nbk

    I stink og gorilla juice all day. Errrrday.

  • Banks

    Where the hell is Wade? Like seriously, forget that Tyson stuff, WHERE IS WADE?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    This thread… Soooo Awesomeee.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Other than an occasional highlight block, why are people convinced that Wade is an elite defender? He gambles a lot, dies on screens and a fourth of the Heats defensive possesions, Wade is in the backcourt complaining about a foul or lying on his back.

  • jole

    this is a joke
    teams should be:1st:allen,afflalo,iggy,deng,chandler
    ibaka is a great shotblocker,but is just a solid 1on1 defender