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Deng named to NBA All-Defense 2nd team

Deng named to NBA All-Defense 2nd team

Luol Deng was named to the NBA's All-Defensive 2nd team for the second consecutive year.

Deng received six first-team votes and eight for the second team.

Joakim Noah wound up 12th in overall voting, third among centers behind Dwight Howard and Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler.

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.

The big news, however, is that apparently there is one NBA coach who has a huge man-crush on Carlos Boozer. Yes, somebody actually gave Boozer a vote. For All-Defense. Seriously.

This gives hope to all the Bulls fans who want nothing in life worse than to see Boozer traded- if the Bulls can find out which team out there thinks Boozer plays defense, they might be able to parlay him into a quality shooting guard who can defend, shoot the three and create his own shot.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, winner of the 2011-12 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award, headlines the First Team. 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.

The 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 Deng and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.

 

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