Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team on Wednesday.
As voted on by the league’s 30 coaches, Deng joined Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the second team. Deng received six first- and eight second-team votes.
Chandler received 13 first-place votes, three short of first-team big man Dwight Howard despite the fact that the former Bull won the Defensive Player of the Year. Along with Howard, the first team featured Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, Chris Paul of the Clippers, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and top vote-getter LeBron James (24) of the Miami Heat.
Joakim Noah, who landed on the second team a season ago, was awarded 14 second-team votes. Shockingly, Carlos Boozer received one second-team vote to match Derrick Rose’s lone second-team vote.
For Deng, it was a well-deserved honor, a culmination of two years playing stellar defense as the Bulls’ primary wing stopper. Deng’s defense was praised by his own team and applauded by plenty of coaches around the league. Now, the All-Star is directing all his attention toward this summer’s Olympics, in which he will represent Great Britain – and rightfully so.