2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Teams announced
posted May 13 2013, 02:51PM
posted in NBA, News

The NBA announced the All-Defensive First and Second teams today. Below are the results.



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


There weren't many surprises in this year's results, but a few things that stood out to me were:

1) How in the world was Marc Gasol voted as the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, yet he only received 12 points from the voting panel for the All-Defensive teams? The answer: coaches are not as high on Gasol's defensive impact as NBA sportswriters and broadcasters.

2) Tony Allen has been one of the league's premier perimeter defenders since entering the league almost a decade ago, yet has never received the recognition from the media and league that I feel he deserves, until now. Allen received the most points in this year's voting and deservedly so. This is Allen's second straight season being selected to the First Team. 

3) The Memphis Grizzlies have the best defense in basketball, in case there was any question about it. Three out of the eleven players voted to the first and second teams play for the Grizz, which is a very impressive feat and a testament to how good the Grizzlies defense has been this season.

4) Avery Bradley must have made his mark in the mind's of NBA coaches because he only played in 50 games this year, yet received the most First Team votes for anyone on the Second Team.

5) LeBron James has now been selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for five consecutive years. James, 28, can conceivably break the all-time record of nine First Team selections held by Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton. 

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