May 5, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) reacts to a call during the first half in game one of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Serge Ibaka named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team today.

Ibaka received 17 votes to make the first team which was the third-highest amount behind only LeBron James and Tony Allen.

LeBron, Allen, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah join Ibaka on the first team.

The second team is made up of Tim Duncan, Paul George, Marc Gasol, Avery Bradley and Mike Conley.

Thabo Sefolosha narrowly missed making the second team. Sefolosha received two first team votes.

Russell Westbrook received one first team vote and Kevin Durant received one second team vote.

Oddly enough, the defensive player of the year, Gasol, did not make the first team while two centers finished above him.

As far as forwards go, Ibaka was a shoo-in for the first team. You could have made a case for Duncan but Ibaka leading the league in blocks for the second straight year sealed the deal for him.

Sefolosha could have easily made the team over Conley.

The biggest snub of all may be Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks who had the most votes of anyone not to make either of the teams.


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami 25 2 52
Forward Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 17 12 46
Center Tyson Chandler, New York 9 6 24
Center Joakim Noah, Chicago 8 8 24
Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 25 3 53
Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 15 7 37


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 3 14 20
Forward Paul George, Indiana 7 13 27
Center Marc Gasol, Memphis 5 2 12
Guard Avery Bradley, Boston 10 5 25
Guard Mike Conley, Memphis 4 11 19

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.

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