Posted May 13, 2013

Grizzlies’ Tony Allen, Heat’s LeBron James lead 2013 All-Defensive teams

Ben Golliver, Chris Paul, Joakim Noah, LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Tony Allen, Tyson Chandler
Tony Allen (right) and LeBron James were the 2013 All-Defensive First Team's leading vote-getters. (Victor Baldizon/Getty Images)

Tony Allen (right) and LeBron James were this year’s All-Defensive leading vote-getters. (Victor Baldizon/Getty Images)

The NBA announced the 2013 All-Defensive teams on Monday, and a number of familiar faces were included.

The First Team was headlined by Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, who finished as the leading vote-getter, and Heat forward LeBron James, the 2013 MVP and runner-up for the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year. Clippers guard Chris Paul, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Bulls center Joakim Noah filled out the First Team. Chandler and Noah finished tied for the center spot.

James, Ibaka, Paul and Allen were all 2012 All-Defensive First Team selections, while Chandler, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, was a Second Team selection. This is the fifth All-Defensive First Team selection of James’ career, the third for Paul and the second for both Ibaka and Allen.

The 2013 Second Team included Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Celtics guard Avery Bradley, Pacers forward Paul George, Spurs forward Tim Duncan and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who won 2013 Defensive Player of the Year back in April. This was the first time Conley, Bradley, George and Gasol have earned All-Defensive recognition. 2013 marked the 14th time Duncan has been selected to the All-Defensive First or Second Team.

The Defensive Player of the Year award is voted by the media; the All-Defensive Teams are voted on by the NBA’s coaches. Coaches cannot vote for players on their own team. Full voting results are below.

Of note: Lakers center Dwight Howard, who was a 2012 First Team selection, received just nine total points and three First Team votes in 2013. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a 2012 Second Team selection, finished with six total points and one First Team vote in 2013. Bulls forward Luol Deng, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Celtics guard Kevin Garnett also fell off the 2012 Second Team in 2013.

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Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Andre Iguodala, Denver, 16 (2); Larry Sanders, Milwaukee, 16 (4); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 15 (2); Luol Deng, Chicago, 11 (1); Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers, 9 (3); Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (6 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 6 (2); Kenneth Faried, Denver, 4 (1);  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 4 (1);  Shane Battier, Miami, 2; Nicolas Batum, Portland, 2 (1); Corey Brewer, Denver, 2; George Hill, Indiana, 2; Mike James, Dallas, 2 (1); Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 2, (1); Tony Parker, San Antonio, 2 (1); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 2 (1); Eric Bledsoe, L.A. Clippers, 1; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1;  Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota, 1; Iman Shumpert, New York, 1; David West, Indiana, 1.

16 comments
Jo
Jo like.author.displayName 1 Like

This team is a farce. How can you name an all defensive team without the defensive player of the year in it. The NBA must review its criteria in selecting this team.

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

Roy Hibbert has dominated Tyson Chandler in this playoff series, what a joke to have Tyson on the first team.  Obviously these teams were voted on based on regular season performance which should give Hibbert the edge as well: 79 GP, 8.3 rebs, 2.6 blocks vs. Chandler's 66 GP, 10.7 rebs, 1.1 blocks.  Some big market bias going on here.  Oh well I'm sure Big Roy would take going further in the playoffs over individual accolades any day.  He's still relatively young, he'll get his due when it's all said and done.

Redfish1
Redfish1

Chris Paul - OH MY GOSH - what a horrible choice. Another Award along with MVP, Defensive MVP and hell all players awards that SHOULD BE VOTED BY THE PLAYERS. These awards might really mean something if coming from their peers!

Mr. J
Mr. J like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Don't understand how in the world Marc Gasol can be the defensive player of the year, but he is not even on the first team and he only has 12 pts.....Should have be Lebron as defensive player of the year!!

M20
M20

Chandler had a subpar year. Does not belong on the first or second teams.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is a good list - but Gasol needs to be ahead of Chandler.... thats just absurd with the time that Chandler missed and how effective Gasol was this year

jk31
jk31 like.author.displayName 1 Like

How is the Defensive Player of the Year not in the First team and even has the least points of all players? Makes no sense to me...

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@jk31 as the article stats, the DPOY and the ALL-NBA teams are voted on by two totally different sets of people.   That explains some of the disconnect. 

Joe R2
Joe R2

Jimmy Butler will be on the list next year 

mliao2
mliao2

How is Larry Sanders not on either team what a joke

doghockey
doghockey

@mliao2 Check out his DQ, ejection, and technical stats.   No defense is being played when he is in  the locker room cooling his heels and technical fouls are offense for the other guys.

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@mliao2 Who should he replace smart guy?  

As you can see he was a few votes away from getting 2nd team. Get a grip man. Not every bit of news is a big scandal!

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@mliao2 hes not as good as the players on the list... thats the only reason - stop blaming Stern for everything

Joe R2
Joe R2

@mliao2 

He doesn't play in one of Stern's big markets