Serge Ibaka Named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 23, 2012 – Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the 2011-12 season, the NBA announced earlier today.

In his third NBA season, Ibaka led the NBA and set an all-time franchise record with 3.65 blocks per game. Ibaka’s block per game average was the highest for any NBA player in more than a decade.

During the 2011-12 season, Ibaka posted 12 double-doubles while also leading the Thunder in rebounding on 21 occasions.

With 14 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocked shots on Feb. 19th vs. Denver, Ibaka became the first player in franchise history to record a triple-double which included blocked shots. His 11 blocks in the game set an all-time franchise record. Ibaka registered 10-plus blocks on three separate occasions during the 2011-12 season.

Led by Ibaka, the Thunder as a team recorded a league-best 8.17 blocks per game during the past season, which represents the highest total for any NBA team since the 1993-94 season.

Earlier this month, Ibaka finished second in the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year balloting. Ibaka received 41 first place votes and finished just 17 points behind Tyson Chandler.

The voting panel for the 2011-12 NBA All-Defensive teams 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.

Below are the results for the 2011-12 NBA All-Defensive Teams balloting. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP:




               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





               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