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Dwight Howard edges out Derrick Rose for 2010-2011 NBA All-Defensive First Team

May 9, 2011

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

Howard earned the 2010-11 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming the first player to win the award three straight seasons. 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). With Howard manning the middle, the Magic allowed 93.5 ppg, ranking fourth in that category.

For a good laugh, look at the receiving votes and enjoy the absurdity that is Derrick Rose ahead of Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Gerald Wallace. What?

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 Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history.

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

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Derrick Rose, Chicago, 14 (4); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 13 (3); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 13 (4); Gerald Wallace, Portland, 11 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix 11 (4); Luol Deng, Chicago 11 (4); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 11 (3); Chuck Hayes, Houston, 10 (2); Al Horford, Atlanta 7 (3); Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7 (1); Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers, 7 (1); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 6 (1); Shane Battier, Memphis 5 (2); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 5; Wesley Matthews, Portland 4 (2), Kendrick Perkins, Oklahoma City, 3; Nicolas Batum, Portland, 3; (1); Joe Johnson, Atlanta; 2 (1); Keith Bogans, Chicago 2 (1); Kyle Lowry, Houston, 2; Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, 2; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 2; Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 2 (1); Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 1; Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers 1; Arron Afflalo, Denver, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 1; Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta 1; Nene, Denver, 1; Ronnie Brewer, Chicago, 1; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 1; Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 1.

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One Comment
  1. mike permalink
    May 10, 2011 3:40 PM

    what is so absurd about derrick rose coming close, this idiot writing the article obviosly doesnt watch d rose, he is one of the best on the ball defenders in the nba just because he didnt average 2 steals doesnt tell the story, not to mention leading all point guards in blocks,rose reminds me of joe dumars his stats doesnt tell the story, he gets double and triple screened the whole season yet still does the job, yeah this moron writing the article is smarter than the nba coaches right? please guy dont give up your day job

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