With the NBA regular season coming to a close it's time for awards week at The Hoops Manifesto. We've teamed up with some of Bloguin's best NBA writers to vote on who gets the (virtual) hardware. Next up: All-Defensive Teams
Voting Panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, Lives from Knicks Fanatics, College Wolf and Bonk from TWolves Blog, Philip Rossman-Reich from Orlando Magic Daily, and Don from With Malice.
All-Defensive First Team
Rajon Rondo - Boston
Tony Allen - Memphis
LeBron James - Miami
Kevin Garnett - Boston
Tyson Chandler - New York
Synopsis: The guards on our All-Defensive First Team, Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen, actually used to share the backcourt in Boston - Allen now provides defensive grit for the up-and-coming Grizzlies. LeBron James was a lockdown defender again this year - opposing forwards' stats when guarded by LeBron were ridiculously bad. Kevin Garnett might have tons of miles on his odometer, but he is still one of the top defensive menaces in the league. Tyson Chandler helped push the Mavs over the championship edge last year, but unfortunately for Knicks fans it'll take more than Chandler to do that for their team.
All-Defensive Second Team
Chris Paul - Clippers
Dwyane Wade - Miami
Andre Iguodala - Philadelphia
Serge Ibaka - Oklahoma City
Dwight Howard - Orlando
Synopsis: Chris Paul led the NBA in steals again this season - that makes four out of the past five years. Only seven players who appeared in at least half of this past season's games averaged more than a steal and a block per game, and Dwyane Wade is the only one who isn't a frontcourt player. Andre Iguodala showed that you can be considered a star even if you don't post eye-popping offensive stats. Serge Ibaka's 3.65 blocks per game was the highest average in the NBA since 2000/01. Who would have thought we'd see the day that Dwight Howard didn't make the All-Defensive First Team?
Others receiving votes: Shawn Marion, Jared Jeffries, Mike Conley Jr., Iman Shumpert, Josh Smith, Rudy Gay, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Avery Bradley, Russell Westbrook, Andrew Bynum, DeAndre Jordan, Kobe Bryant
Previous Award Winners: Executive of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year, All-Rookie Team, Rookie of the Year
Next up: Defensive Player of the Year
D Wade should be first team because he averages 1.8 SPG and 1.3 BPG and he's only 6'4 but I just hope they don't give the first team to Kobe again
I know some of the advanced stats say otherwise, but the ol' eyeball test that never fails me says that Shawn Marion and Iggy are simply more disruptive on defense than Lebron James has EVER been. I know James is a fine defensive player, but I can't believe his impact on that end is larger those the impact of those two.
And the second team should have Iggy at the 2 in place of Wade and Josh Smith or Marion at the other forward spot.
I could care less about the individual DPOY award, it's the most subjective award of the stupid individual awards. There is no consistency in how any of them are decided, but this is the worst. Chandler deserves some recognition though, so that's fine.
Honorable mention Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose? Gross. Westbrook is legitimately the worst defender of the starting five and is the sixth best defender on the team (Harden is better).
Rose is fine, but nothing special on that end. I Rubio is already a better defender than Rose and it's not close. Kidd (in limited minutes) is still a better defender than Rose. Lowry is also clearly a better defender. He is sooooo tough to get around or to get a shot off against.
The more I think about it, F*CK it all. Personally, I say the all defensive team is as follows: Anthony Randolph
@Daddyfatsax Great comment. Love that defensive team at the end. No one would ever score on them. EVER.
sheeeeeeit, I didn't even mention Conley. how Westbrook can get a vote when Conley exists is beyond me. Add him and Bradley to the list of better defenders.
@Daddyfatsax Word. I voted for Conley.
But yeah, Rose is NOT a good defender and Westbrook is just terrible. I have no idea whatsoever how they got votes.
@CollegeWolf And Shawn Marion gets screwed once again. One of the best, most versatile defenders of his generation yet he's never made an All-Defensive Team.