Joakim Noah named NBA All-Defensive First Team, Jimmy Butler earns Second Team

Joakim Noah named NBA All-Defensive First Team, Jimmy Butler earns Second Team
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Joakim Noah, who was already named Defensive Player of the Year, leads the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Jimmy Butler was named to the All-Defensive Second Team, his first major NBA award.

Noah received 105 First Team votes and 13 Second Team votes (223 total points) from the 123 writers and broadcasters who voted. The rest of the First Team included Paul George (161 pts, 65 1st team votes), Chris Paul (156 pts, 64 1st team votes), Serge Ibaka (152 pts, 54 1st Team votes), and Andre Iguodala (148 pts, 57 1st team votes).

Joakim Noah ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3 ) and 12th in blocked shots (1.51 bpg), and he also averaged 1.24 steals. Noah, Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis were the only players in the league to average at least 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals.

This was the second consecutive year that Noah was named to the All-Defensive First Team. He is a virtual lock to be named to one of the three All-NBA teams when they are announced, and it would be a shock if he isn't named First Team.

jimmy butler

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Butler grabbed the league's attention with his outstanding defense on LeBron James in last year's playoffs, and he continued his stalwart defensive play this season. He received 29 First Team votes and 45 Second Team votes and finished eighth overall in the voting.

Butler became Tom Thibodeau's security blanket after the Luol Deng trade, and he finished second in the NBA in minutes per game (38.7). He was also fourth in the league in steals per game (1.90) and eighth in defensive win shares (4.6).

The rest of the second team was LeBron James, Patrick Beverly, Kawhi Leonard and Roy Hibbert.

Two other Bulls received votes: Taj Gibson finished 16th in overall points, receiving two First Team votes and 17 Second Team votes, and Kirk Hinrich finished 27th with two First Team and three Second Team votes.

 

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