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Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo Make All-Defensive First Team

 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but two of the C’s top defensive cogs were selected to be a part of the league’s top defensive unit, as voted by the 30 NBA head coaches. The coaches were given two points for every first team vote and one point for every second team vote.

This was the second first-team honor for Rajon Rondo and the 9th overall for Kevin Garnett, which ties Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history.

Here’s the full voting numbers via ESPNBoston.com

All-Defensive First Team
Position, Player, Team, 1st, 2nd — Total Points
Center, Dwight Howard, Orlando, 27, 2 — 56
Guard, Rajon Rondo, Boston, 16, 7 — 39
Forward, LeBron James, Miami, 17, 4 — 38
Guard, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 13, 7 — 33
Forward, Kevin Garnett, Boston, 15, 3 — 33

All-Defensive Second Team
Position, Player, Team, 1st, 2nd — Total Points
Guard, Tony Allen, Memphis, 7, 9 — 23
Guard, Chris Paul, New Orleans, 6, 6 — 18
Center, Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 3, 11 — 17
Forward, Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 5, 5 — 15
Forward/Center, Joakim Noah, Chicago, 3, 9 — 15

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first team votes in parentheses): Derrick Rose, Chicago, 14 (4); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 13 (3); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 13 (4); Gerald Wallace, Portland, 11 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix 11 (4); Luol Deng, Chicago 11 (4); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 11 (3); Chuck Hayes, Houston, 10 (2);

Quick Thoughts: Perk gets 3 votes while playing just 24 games? Talk about impact! Kobe probably doesn’t deserve first-team honors, relying on reputation a la Derek Jeter rather than performance. Instead of Bryant, TA probably deserved that honor, but other than that, not too much to quibble about on there.

In addition, this afternoon I took part in a 5-on-5 roundtable, with a few other terrific writers over at ESPN.com. Here’s a sample of my responses, while I encourage you to check out the full piece.

1. On a 1-to-10 scale, how amazing was Rajon Rondo’s return in Game 3?

Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: 10. Sometimes injuries are embellished for dramatic effect, but any fan has to give Rondo plenty of accolades here. When you go from wondering whether a player season’s is over, to watching him captain his team to victory over a game’s crucial closing moments, that takes guts. It also is worthy of a perfect score.

2. On a 1-to-10 scale, how much will Rondo give the Celtics in Game 4?

Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: 5. Physically, Rondo will be clearly affected, but his mere presence on the floor will be crucial in Boston’s attempt to tie the series. His tempo, defensive pressure and overall explosiveness should remain intact despite the limited use of one limb. We won’t see any triple-doubles, but he’ll give Boston a chance to win.

3. On a 1-to-10 scale, how well did the Celtics and Heat play in Game 3?

Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: Celtics, 8. There was a bump in the road during second quarter, so this wasn’t a no-hitter. After halftime, however, Boston couldn’t have excelled much more on both ends of the floor. Heat, 5: Mediocre outings from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. A no-show by Chris Bosh. Lazy defensive rotations. Only sensational efforts from Mario Chalmers and Joel Anthony kept things competitive.

4. On a 1-to-10 scale, how likely is it Boston will tie the series Monday?

Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: 8. Boston was rejuvenated Saturday night thanks to a throwback effort by Garnett and a gritty return by Rondo. Their biggest problems against the Heat (offense and turnovers) are eased in the friendly confines of the Garden. Miami will have a strong counter prepared, but the C’s will be ready for it.

5. On a 1-to-10 scale, how likely is it Boston will win the series?

Brian Robb, Celtics Hub: 3. Barring an unlikely four-game winning streak, the Celtics best chance of winning the series involve winning a Game 7 in hostile territory. The Celtics’ core is 1-9 in these potential road closeout games over the past three postseasons. A victory this year in such a scenario is still certainly possible, but far from probable.

Ryan’s back at you with the open thread in a bit.

  • talesofJP

    yeah Kobe shouldn't be first team.

  • Dan

    It's too bad these were voted on months ago.

    Tony Allen deserves the 1st team honors guard spot above either Kobe OR Rondo. He also deserves it in the SF over LeBron, by a mile. In the playoffs he's been the best defensive player not named Dwight or Kevin. And if you want to put him ahead of KG I couldn't argue it.

    If you think anything else, you just haven't been watching.

    • Dan

      Also, these awards are skewed in favor of two-way players. Just because LeBron is a top tier offensive player and a very good defender, doesn't mean he's the best defensive SF.

      My 1st team defense.

      G: Tony Allen
      G: Dwayne Wade
      SF: Andre Igoudala
      PF: Kevin Garnett
      C: Dwight Howard

      Wade/Rondo is close, but Rondo has been incredibly inconsistent. I know he was injured, but if he defended the 3 point line a bit better, the Celtics might be the number 2 seed this spring. Garnett probably isn't the best 1v1 PF defender, but he brings so much else that he's a clear favorite.

      • duggyfresh88

        That 1st team is pretty accurate. Unfortunately, as Brian notes, reputation sometimes matters more than performance on the court. Tony Allen is hands down the best wing defender in the league.

        • Batman

          God-Like

  • janos

    Jeter not much good any more for fantasy pool. I prefer Hanley. More points.

  • duggyfresh88

    You are a Celtics and Yankees fan? Where did you grow up?

    • Batman

      New York

  • hdavenport

    Not to take anything away from Rondo, but he is absolutely not one of the two best defensive guards in the league, and he might not be top four. Steals do not an excellent defender make, and he's also not top five in steals. We've been complaining about his reaching for steals and getting burned all year.

    This voting is Gold Glove-esque…like Dan said, they're rewarding offense as much as defense.

  • Batman

    if steals and blocks mattered we'd be saying Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are lockdown defenders…

  • skeeds

    Don't know about Wade, he's very very good, but the SG spot is so weak, especially in the east, I can't see him as elite. I'd rather take both Iguodala and James, who are phenomenal defenders against very very hard matchups, (each other for example).

    But Tony Allen over Kobe for sure. Especially after watching him pretty much forcing OKC into overtime by himself, by denying Durant the ball so well he allowed him only 1 shot (a long 3 pointer) for the last 5 minutes of the game.

  • Morpheus

    TA should be on that 1st team over Rondo.

    My 1st team:

    TA
    Iggy
    Bron
    KG
    Dwight

    2nd team:

    CP3
    Wade
    Kobe
    Bogut
    Chandler (yeah i cheated)

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