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Monday / July 4.
  • LeBron James Leads All-Defensive Team

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    NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James is the leading vote-getter for the league’s all-defensive team.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard join the Heat star on the first team announced Wednesday.

    Knicks center Tyson Chandler, despite being named Defensive Player of the Year by NBA media, was not voted onto the all-defensive team, which is selected by the league’s 30 head coaches.

    According to research by Moke Hamilton of SheridanHoops.com, this is only the third time that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year has not made the first team (Alvin Robertson in 1985 and Dikembe Mutombo in ’95.)

    Ibaka and Allen earned first-team honors for the first time.

    James totaled 53 points, including 24 first-team votes. He averaged 1.9 steals and 7.9 rebounds as Miami ranked fourth in the league in opponent scoring.

    2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
            Position        Player, Team        1st        2nd                 Points

            Forward        LeBron James, Miami        24        5                53

            Forward        Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City        20        7                47

            Center        Dwight Howard, Orlando        16        9                41

            Guard        Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers        13        9                35        

            Guard        Tony Allen, Memphis        13        7                33

            

                   

    2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
            Position        Player, Team        1st        2nd                 Points

            Forward        Kevin Garnett, Boston        8        10                26

            Forward        Luol Deng, Chicago        6        8                20

            Center        Tyson Chandler, New York        13        10                36

            Guard        Rajon Rondo, Boston        9        11                29

            Guard        Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers        7        3                17     
    (The AP contributed)



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.