facebook
twitter
search
search

LeBron James named to all-defensive team

May 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- League MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat highlighted the all-defensive team announced Wednesday by the NBA.

Orlando center Dwight Howard joined James on the first-team unit, along with Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka and guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Tony Allen of Memphis.

New York center Tyson Chandler had previously been named the NBA's defensive player of the year, but he wound up on the all-defense second team as voted by the league's 30 head coaches.

It was the first time in 17 years the NBA's defensive player of the year had not made the first team. Denver center Dikembe Mutombo earned that dubious distinction in 1995.

The second team included forwards Kevin Garnett of Boston and Luol Deng of Chicago and guards Rajon Rondo of Boston and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall