It seems like a lifetime since Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was announced as the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner. On Monday afternoon, however, Noah was graced with another honor, as he headlined the list of ten players announced as the members of the league’s All-Defensive teams.
2013-14 NBA All-Defensive Teams: 1st Team – J. Noah (CHI), P. George (IND), C. Paul (LAC), S. Ibaka (OKC), A. Iguodala (GSW)
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 2, 2014
2013-14 NBA All-Defensive Teams – 2nd Team: L. James (MIA), P. Beverley (HOU), J. Butler (CHI), K. Leonard (SA), R. Hibbert (IND) — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 2, 2014
As the Defensive Player of the Year, Noah was a virtual lock to be on the 1st-team list, but there were little in the way of upsets on the first team. Paul George and Chris Paul (the league’s leader in steals per game) snatched the backcourt awards, while Andre Iguodala and Serge Ibaka were selected as the team’s forwards.
If there was a “surprise” in the voting, it was that four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was not a member of the first team. “King James” was selected to the second team along with Kawhi Leonard at the forward spot, but James’ defense slipped noticeably from past seasons as he was forced to carry a heavy burden with Dwyane Wade regularly resting in order to continue his “maintenance” program.
Patrick Beverley and Jimmy Butler were both first time selections on the teams, with the always controversial Roy Hibbert rounding out the ten-player pool. Let the debate begin.
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