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LeBron James Named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

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MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward LeBron James has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team. This marks the fifth time in James' career that he has earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors, all in consecutive seasons. He previously earned First Team honors during the 2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10 and 2008-09 seasons. It also marks James' third All-Defensive First Team honor as a member of the HEAT, the most in franchise history, surpassing Alonzo Mourning who earned First Team honors twice. James tallied 52 points, the second-most overall. He finished with 25 First Team votes, tying the most in the league, and two Second Team votes. 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 their own players. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Joining James on the NBA All-Defensive First Team is Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, New York center Tyson Chandler, Chicago center Joakim Noah, Memphis guard Tony Allen and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Earning NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors are San Antonio forward Tim Duncan, Indiana forward Paul George, Memphis center Marc Gasol, Boston guard Avery Bradley and Memphis guard Mike Conley.

James finished 12th in the NBA in steals per game (1.70), 12th in total steals (129), 13th in defensive rebounds per game (6.8), 16th in total defensive rebounds (513), 21st in rebounds per games (8.0), 28th in total rebounds (610) and 40th in blocks per game (0.88). He led the HEAT in steals, total rebounds and defensive rebounds and finished second in blocks. His defensive efforts helped Miami place second in point differential (+7.9), third in steals (8.66), fifth in opponent points allowed (95.0), fifth in forced turnovers per game (15.6) and sixth in opponent field goal percentage (.440). He led the HEAT in blocks 19 times and recorded a season-high six steals at Detroit on December 28.

2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Teams


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami 25 2 52
Forward Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 17 12 46
Center Tyson Chandler, New York 9 6 24
Center Joakim Noah, Chicago 8 8 24
Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 25 3 53
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers  15 7 37


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 3 14 20
Forward Paul George, Indiana 7 13 27
Center Marc Gasol, Memphis 5 2 12
Guard Avery Bradley, Boston 10 5 25
Guard Mike Conley, Memphis 4 11 19

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Andre Iguodala, Denver, 16 (2); Larry Sanders, Milwaukee, 16 (4); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 15 (2); Luol Deng, Chicago, 11 (1); Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers, 9 (3); Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (6 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 6 (2); Kenneth Faried, Denver, 4 (1);  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 4 (1);  Shane Battier, Miami, 2; Nicolas Batum, Portland, 2 (1); Corey Brewer, Denver, 2; George Hill, Indiana, 2; Mike James, Dallas, 2 (1); Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 2, (1); Tony Parker, San Antonio, 2 (1); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 2 (1); Eric Bledsoe, L.A. Clippers, 1; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1;  Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota, 1; Iman Shumpert, New York, 1; David West, Indiana, 1.