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NBA All-Defense teams announced

Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The NBA announced its All-Defense teams with Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard leading the way. The first team consisted of Howard, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant.

The second team is Joakim Noah, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala and Tyson Chandler.

Now two things right off the bat: Kobe is on the first team? Just another example of the odd affinity some media voters have for No. 24. He picked up an odd number of MVP votes (included a first-place vote) and was voted to the NBA's All-Defense first team. Kobe is a good defender, but this isn't 2006. He isn't near the stopper he once was.

The second is that Dwyane Wade wasn't even on the second team. Wade is known as maybe the best on-ball defender in the entire league and not only did Kobe get his first team spot, but Wade was relegated to honorable mention. That's just... messed up.

If you're curious, NBA coaches vote on the All-NBA teams. Which makes you wonder if they didn't pay attention, voted on hype/reputation or were just lazy. Probably a little of all the above.

One thing I'll ask: Is the second team actually better than the first? Allen and Iguodala are two unbelievable wing defenders. Chandler had an amazingly underrated defensive year. Chris Paul is one of the craftiest, most pesky defenders in the league and well, I guess you could say the same of Noah. The first team has Howard who is the league's best defensive presence, but I'd say Paul is better than Rondo, Noah comparable to Garnett, Allen better than Bryant and Iguodala on the same level as LeBron. Interesting thought.

Some other notes:
  • Derrick Rose picked up four first team votes and had the most votes of all the honorable mention guys. That means he had more votes than Wade, Luol Deng and Gerald Wallace. That is just, well, stupid.
  • Despite only playing 23 games, Kendrick Perkins somehow picked up a few votes.
  • Grant Hill received four first-team votes and while I wouldn't necessarily argue he should replace someone on the first or second team, Hill had a tremendous defensive season at 38 years old. Kevin Durant said that Hill guarded him as well as anyone else this year.
  • One of the league's most reknowned defenders, Ron Artest picked up only one first-team vote.
  • The league's leading total shot blocker, Serge Ibaka, received one first-team vote.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:54 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Such a stupid list.  Kobe?????  And look, really, the second team is better than the first.  With maybe Howard excepted. And no mention of Shane Battier? And no mention of the Birdman? And no mention of david west or mboute?  Come on, this is sily.

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:21 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:10 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:54 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Flauge, are you counting chicks before they've hatched or are you talking about the ring Wade already has? Tongue out

Anyway, I don't like Wade or Lebron at all....but I can't argue that they're bad defenders. That's just silly. I'm guessing none of the players they've guarded would consider them bad defenders, either.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:48 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Anyone who follows basketball knows how good a defender DWade is.  He blocks over a shot a game, had 1.5 steals a game, and had a career high in rebounds.   He also played on one of the best defensive teams in the entire NBA.   If the voter's want to downgrade them because of some left over hatred for the formation of superteam..fine.   Lebron still made the all defensive team.  

Whatever.  If the sports media wants to hype DRose out of this world.. that's fine too.   It wont matter.   DWade will have the only thing that matters at the end of the season..a ring.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:40 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

sman2011: Kobe was a lock as first team all defense. he's the best defender in the league...

Which league are you talking about? I thought the thread was about the NBA, but when I read that line, I realized I was mistaken. Can someone help me out here?

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:20 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

That voting looks more like a popularity contest than the all defensive team.  The guys that are employed in the league just because of their defense don't even get votes.  And just who was Kobe guarding in the Dallas series?  Reminds me of the gold glove voting in baseball.

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:38 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

you can figure at least 3 rings in the next 4-5 years minimum

Heat fans are slowly climbing up the ranks as the worst fans in basketball.  When you win something, great, make a bold prediction then.  But 3 championships in the next 4-5 years minimum?  By the way, did you mean maximum?  Minimum would be something like the Heat will win 3 rings within the next century.  And finally, Wade is a baller, no doubt.  But that guy isn't first team all defense.  The reason why Boston and L.A. always find their way back to title contention is because they always have the best defenders.  Don't hate the players, hate the game.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:28 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

This is who I would have on all 3 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SQUADS:

1st Team
C - Howard
PF - Garnett
PG Rondo
SG Kobe

2nd Team
C - Chandler
PF - Stoudemire
SF - Iguodala
PG - CP3
SG - Wade

3rd Team
C - Noah (only played in 48 games)
PF - Ibaka
SF - Durant/Grant Hill
PG - Rose
SG - Tony Allen

Honorable Mention
Paul Pierce
Gerald Wallace
Javale McGee
Shane Battier
Ron Artest
Loul Deng

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:20 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

This is plain ignorant.  D Wade is one of the best defenders in the league, and only honorable mention? You must be celtic or laker fan and a miami hater.  Do not hate the players, hate the game.  Keep you ignorance to yourself about wade, that is wrong, he is one the best conditioned athletes in the NBA, and when wade and lebron lock down on defense and turn up the heat no one is better in the league both offensively and defensively.  As you will see, the NBA season is long, and they coasted to almost 60 wins in the regular season, however, now its the playoffs, and this year will be many of multiple nba championships in Miami.  Stop hating on Miami, many teams have 3 great players, sometimes 4 as with the celtics, these teams have had there success, now under the leadership of riley, spoelstra, wade and lebron you can figure at least 3 rings in the next 4-5 years minimum.

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