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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: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:01 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

I agree with the guy who spoke about this being an ESPN league.  It sucks ass... they constantly over hype teams like the Lakers & the Heat.  So the Mavs win, and then all of a sudden its Phil Jackson time???  What the hell has he done?  Did he even announce he was retiring?  NOPE>> so that means we will have to do this ALL OVER AGAIN.  Nothing was worse than seeing Wilbon talk about the Mt. Rushmore of Coaches & all his typical bs.  Jackson was a product of good players, not the other way around.  That was as tasteless as Bynum's foul.  I hate Cuban & the Mavs, but that was just idiotic.  They went into 30 mins of Jackson coverage to talk about how great he is.. and he's not even retired!!!  I hope he comes back, though he won't.. he don't have a competitive advantage with his players.  The final game shows how well he knows how to coach, which is to say not very well.  This same media made LBJ great before he even played his senior game in highschool.. and he's anything but great.  How he ended up on the 1st team is embarrassing and just further shows the media's bias.  Oh, and I love how they made Bosh something... this guy has a ball bounce off his fingers into the basket & he screams as loud as he can, then pounds his chest.. and then the ultimate humiliation, he gets Howard to chest bump him like he did something manly.  The guy is the biggest softie in the history of sports and the media tries to make him out to be some sort of man.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:07 am

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Kobe was a lock as first team all defense. he's the best defender in the league...
Lebronze has no business on the team, he's a terrible defender...
Wade also was correctly not selected since he plays weak defense. Plus Wade is on roids...

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BWAHAHAHA, this should take the award for dumbest post of the year.

I hate Lebron, but the guy can shut down anybody, just look at his D against Paul Pierce in this series. Kobe is past his prime and your DWade roid story comes from a very reliable source ( end sarcasm).

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:01 am

The all-defense teams are NEVER ever valid

They are ALWAYS very heavily biased vs players who are top offensive stars.

Hill, Deng, Artest, Ibaka, and Noah are all way too low because they aren't top offensive players - but all these guys (especially the latter two) can change the game without scoring a point.

Rondo - maybe overrated, but he is a very good defender.  Kobe - no, sorry, not any more.  James - good defender, yes, but not the #1 perimeter defender from the forward spot in the whole league by any stretch.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:19 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

What a joke!  Kobe and Rondo all defensive players at their postion????!!!  Loul Deng should be 1st teamer by a long shot.  The Bulls are the best team defense in the NBA this year and Deng anchored that team defense. He guards the best wing player of the opposing teams like the lebron's, joe johnson, Danny Granger, Paul Pierce and many others. What a total joke and a polictical vote all around.  Kobe could not play defense this year, he got Artest and Barnes taking on defensive assignments.  Complete JOKE!  

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:18 pm
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Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:50 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

I forgot one thing I forgot when I posted earlier that the NBA awards are all media driven, I forgot one thing the MLB gold glove awards are just as bad or worse. I remember as a kid Ron Cey had 8 errors and Mike Schmidt had 20 some with the same number of chances yet Schmidt won the award. How does Derek Jeter still win?  Look at Ozzie Smiths compared to the other shortstops of that era, he was never the best just the most popular. I do like Oz yet because baseball is more popular I need to use the sport to compare. Griffey Jr. won gold gloves and complained that ESPN was showing more Jim Edmonds highlights(the guy actually called during a show) then him.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:35 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

I live in so Cal, he is not the defender he once was. I love the Lakers but Kobe has bad knees and cannot guard the new point guards these days. Please do not use the term Hater, that ranks up with people calling themselves "Chill".

Since: Apr 28, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:34 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

NBA awards are a complete joke. By far the worst amongst the 4 major sports.

Football, Baseball and ?  Hockey?  Major sport?  Hehe.  Yeah, football and baseball awards are so clearly defined.

Lebron was so clearly the MVP, but hey... can't give the MVP to a guy most people hate amiright?

No, you'renotright.  I would of voted for Howard myself but Rose was definitely the front runner.

Kobe on this years all-defense team? Are you kidding me? He should not have recieved a single vote. Embaressing.

Yeah what an embarrassment(let me spell check that for ya).  The guy is so overrated.  What, just because he would guard the point, 2 guard and small foward and at the same time having the 3rd best percentage of defense on opposing players ppg he gets voted on the all-defense team?  How Embaressing.  I meant embarrassing.

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:27 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Yeah Kobe!!!...People can hate all they want..they're just stupid haters that dont know jack shit about basketball. Kobe is a BEAST on both ends of the court..Watch this guy play defense..Great one on one, and also plays mad help defense. Scorer, lock down defender, the complete Hall of Fame package. Best player of this era...His game is so simialr to MJ's is amazing..Both dominant scorers, both dominant defenders. People can hate Kobe all they want, this guy brings it on both ends of the court. Keep it up Kobe!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:48 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

NBA awards are a complete joke. By far the worst amongst the 4 major sports. Lebron was so clearly the MVP, but hey... can't give the MVP to a guy most people hate amiright? Kobe on this years all-defense team? Are you kidding me? He should not have recieved a single vote. Embaressing.

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