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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, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:41 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

lebrick 1st team and wade not on any team?  lol.. thats hilarious lebrick gets a block shot a game on fast break and he is agreat defender thats lilarious..when a pleyr needs stopped it's wade not that loser..

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:35 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

To alleviate this kind of vote in the future, just have the players vote for the Defensive team.  Coaches are too busy playing politics and keeping certain players happy, like Kobe on the first team.  I guarantee you that if the players voted, they know exactly who the top defenders are. They know who they can beat off the dribble and who lays tough in your face defense.  If the players vote, they'll get it right every time.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:28 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

One of the things I have noticed about the NBA since Jordan came around is that all the awards are basically selected by the media (espn), remember when Malone and Barkley won thier MVP's? The media said both years that they need at least one on thier resume. The NBA is a popularity contest. I know I will get crap for this but Jordan is a product of ESPN, he was great but to say he was better at his sport the Wayne Gretzky was is crap. The baseball poster boy for ESPN was Ozzie Smith, he did back flips and made great catches but Omar Vizquel is a better shortstop but he will not be a first ballot hof'er because he is not plastered all over sports center.
In the NBA the GM's and coaches should be the only people that vote on awards, how does Shaq only win one MVP award?

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 8:23 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Having coaches vote on anything is stupid.  Nothing is worse than the USA Today / Coaches Poll in college athletics.  If you are going to have anyone on the team vote for these things at least make it the GM.  They are better talent evaluators than coaches, its their job.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:23 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

this is bull!!!!! wade should have been there he is great defender and is one of the best shot blocking guard in the league. i seen tim duncan go for a dunk and wade blocked his shot face to face.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:19 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

Dwyane Wade never has been considered a stopper or lock defender....He plays the passing lanes well, gets the occasional highlight block and when motivated he is a lock down defender...but guys like Affalo, Tony Allen, Sefolosha, Igoudala, or even an underrated defender like DeShawn Stevenson deserved to be considered before Wade or Bryant. Allen and the other names in that set are players play defense everynight no matter who the oppenent...all- defense means you performed the best on the defense end throughout the entire season, it doesn't neccesarily mean you have the most defensive talent.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:51 pm

NBA All-Defense teams announced

The only two first team players I have a problem with are Kobe and Garnett, both of them recieved those votes out of reputation and respect. While both are good defenders at this stage of their careers, neither are 1st teamers. I believe those spots should've gone to Wade and Chandler. Wade can change the game on the defensive end and blocks shots like no other 2 gaurd in the league. Chandler transformed a Mavs team that has never been known for their defense into one of the best this year (just ask the Lakers)Other than that the lists look pretty good.

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