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LeBron James leads 2012 NBA All-Defensive Team

By Ben Golliver | Blogger
Miami Heat forward LeBron James headlined the 2012 All-Defense selections. (Getty Images)

The 2012 NBA MVP was the leading vote-getter in the league's annual All-Defense balloting.

The NBA announced on Wednesday that Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James, who spent time guarding all five positions this season, led the 2011-2012 All-Defensive First Team with 24 First Team votes and 5 Second Team votes. He was joined on the First Team by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.

The 2011-2012 All-Defensive Second Team included Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Earlier this month, a panel of media members selected Chandler as the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year.

Players were awarded two points for a First Team Selection and 1 point for a Second Team selection. Here's how the scoring broke down.
First Team: LeBron James (53 points), Serge Ibaka (47), Dwight Howard (41), Chris Paul (35), Tony Allen (33)

Second Team: Kevin Garnett (26), Luol Deng (20), Tyson Chandler (36), Rajon Rondo (29), Kobe Bryant (17)
The following list of players also received votes.
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia; Joakim Noah, Chicago; Iman Shumpert, New York; Paul George, Indiana; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City; Josh Smith, Atlanta; Dwyane Wade, Miami; Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City; Grant Hill, Phoenix; Tim Duncan, San Antonio; Avery Bradley, Boston; Marc Gasol, Memphis; Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers; Shawn Marion, Dallas; Joe Johnson, Atlanta; Mike Conley, Memphis; Derrick Rose, Chicago; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia; Carlos Boozer, Chicago; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee.
The NBA's 30 coaches voted on the award. They were asked to make selections for the First and Second team by position and were not allowed to select players on their own teams.
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