LeBron James Headlines NBA’s Defensive Team as Top Vote-Getter

LeBron James of the Miami Heat was selected to the National Basketball Association’s All-Defensive first team after receiving the most votes of any player.

James, who was also named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player this season, is joined on the squad by forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies, and center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.

James averaged 1.9 steals and 6.4 defensive rebounds to lead the Heat, who allowed the fourth-fewest points in the NBA this season while ranking third in forced turnovers and fifth in opponent field goal percentage.

James received 24 first-team votes and 53 points from the league’s 30 head coaches, who selected the first and second units by position and weren’t permitted to vote for players on their team. Ibaka, who led the NBA with an average of 3.65 blocks a game, was second with 20 first-team votes.

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler made the NBA’s All- Defensive second team with guards Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, and forwards Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls and Kevin Garnett of Boston.

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