Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and center Kevin Garnett each landed a spot on the NBA All-Defensive second team.
The first team consistent of Miam's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, Orlando's Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, and Memphis' Tony Allen. Garnett and Rondo are joined on the second team by Chicago's Luol Deng, New York's Tyson Chandler, and Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
Rondo earned 29 points off nine first-team and 11 second-team votes; Garnett finished with 26 points on 8 first-team votes and 10 second-team votes.
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.
Celtics second-year guard Avery Bradley finished with three votes, including a first-team vote.
Say what? Chris Paul over Rondo? Serge Ibaka is a phenomenal shot-blocker (3.7 bpg) and exciting player, but is he really a better all-around defender than Garnett?
I didn't expect Avery Bradley to garner much attention, considering he only played significant minutes for 1-2 mos. But he should supplant Tony Allen next season.
Another interesting note, Tyson Chandler, the league's Defensive Player of the Year, made 2nd team. I guess the coaches and media have drastic opinions.