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Luol Deng named to All-Defensive Second Team

Voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position
Luol Deng
With six first place votes, eight second place votes and 20 total points, Luol Deng joins Kevin Garnett, Tyson Chandler, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
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NEW YORK, May 23, 2012 – Miami Heat forward LeBron James, winner of the 2011-12 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. James totaled 53 points overall, including 24 First Team votes. He was the lone player to top 50 points.

Joining James on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (47 points), guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (35 points) and Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (33 points), and center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic (41 points). Ibaka and Allen earn First Team honors for the first time; Allen was an NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection last season.

James led the Heat to a 46-20 mark and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. He paced the Heat in steals (1.9 spg) and defensive rebounds (6.4 drpg), and tied for the team lead in rebounds (7.9 rpg). With James leading the effort, Miami’s defense tied for fourth in opponent scoring (91.3 ppg), and ranked third in forced turnovers (16.6) and fifth in opponent field goal percentage (.434).

Ibaka paced the league in blocks (3.65 bpg) while Paul led in steals (2.53 spg). Howard was the league’s leading rebounder (14.5 rpg) as well as its top defensive rebounder (10.8 drpg). The Grizzlies allowed 96.0 points per 100 possessions with Allen on the court compared to 101.7 points per 100 possessions with him off.

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of guards Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, center Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, and forwards Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

PositionPlayer, Team1st2ndPoints
ForwardLeBron James, Miami24553
Forward Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City20747
CenterDwight Howard, Orlando16941
GuardChris Paul, L.A. Clippers13935
GuardTony Allen, Memphis13733

2011-12 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

PositionPlayer, Team1st2ndPoints
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston81026
ForwardLUOL DENG, CHICAGO6820
CenterTyson Chandler, New York131036
GuardRajon Rondo, Boston 91129
GuardKobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 7317

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses):
Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 19 (4); JOAKIM NOAH, CHICAGO, 14; Iman Shumpert, New York, 13 (4); Paul George, Indiana, 10 (2); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 9 (2); Josh Smith, Atlanta, 8 (2); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 5 (1); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 5 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix, 5 (1); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 5 (1); Avery Bradley, Boston, 3 (1); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 3 (1); Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 3; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 3; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2, (1); Mike Conley, Memphis, 2; DERRICK ROSE, CHICAGO, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; CARLOS BOOZER, CHICAGO, 1; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 1.

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