NBA All-Defensive Team: Orlando’s Dwight Howard Leads the Way


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, winner of the last three Defensive Player of the Year Awards, headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Howard totaled 56 points, including 27 First Team votes.

Also selected to the All-Defensive First Team are guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics (39 points), forward LeBron James of the Miami Heat (38 points), forward Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics (33 points), and guard Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers (33 points). Garnett and Bryant each earn All-Defensive First Team honors for the ninth time, tying Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in league history.

Howard became the first player to win the award three straight years. He led the league with 66 double-doubles, while ranking second in rebounds (14.1 rpg) and fourth in blocks (2.38 bpg). He recorded at least 1,000 rebounds and 100 blocked shots for the sixth straight year; since blocked shots were officially tracked in 1973-74, only Moses Malone has done it more (seven seasons).

The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of guards Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, center Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks, forward Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, and forward-center Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.

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.

Attached are the results for the 2010-11 NBA All-Defensive Teams balloting:


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Center                      Dwight Howard, Orlando                          27               2                      56

Guard                       Rajon Rondo, Boston                                 16               7                      39

Forward                   LeBron James, Miami                                 17               4                      38

Guard                       Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers                           13               7                      33

Forward                   Kevin Garnett, Boston                               15               3                      33


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Guard                       Tony Allen, Memphis                                 7                  9                      23

Guard                       Chris Paul, New Orleans                            6                  6                      18

Center                      Tyson Chandler, Dallas                               3                  11                   17

Forward                   Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia                  5                  5                      15

Forward/Center   Joakim Noah, Chicago                               3                  9                      15



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