Marc Gasol, the winner of the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, will have to settle for a spot on the All-Defensive Second Team. Instead, LeBron James and Tony Allen headline the First Team. Here’s the press release: “Allen totaled 53 points overall and James tallied 52. Each player received 25 First Team votes. Joining Allen and James on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (37 points, 15 First Team votes) and forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (46 points, 17 First Team votes). Rounding out the First Team are centers Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, who tied with 24 points each while getting nine and eight First Team votes, respectively. […] The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of guards Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics (10 First Team votes) and Mike Conley of the Grizzlies (four First Team votes), forwards Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs (three First Team votes) and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (seven First Team votes), and center Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies (five First Team votes). The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.”
Avery Bradley Boston Celtics Chicago Bulls Chris Paul Indiana Pacers Joakim Noah LA Clippers LeBron James Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat Mike Conley New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George San Antonio Spurs Serge Ibaka Tim Duncan Tony Allen Tyson Chandler
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