Joakim Noah, Paul George Headline NBA’s All-Defensive Team


Joakim NoahChicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George received the most votes on this year’s NBA all-defensive team, which was released Monday.

Less than two months after a landslide victory in balloting for the league’s defensive player of the year award, Noah was the only player to receive more than 100 first-team votes and earn more than 200 points for the all-defensive team. Noah received 105 of 123 possible votes, while George had 65 votes.

The rest of the first team consisted of Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala.

It’s the second consecutive year that Noah was chosen to the first team. Four-time league MVP LeBron James and defensive player of the year runner-up Roy Hibbert were on the second team.

Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Hibbert rounded out the second team.

Indiana and Chicago were the only teams with two players on the list, which is selected by a panel of 123 sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada.

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