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.
2012-13 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
|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|
2012-13 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
|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.