James headlines NBA's All-Defensive Team

1:44 PM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Miami forward and league MVP LeBron James and Orlando center Dwight Howard highlighted the NBA's All-Defensive Team.

Both players were named to the first team Wednesday for the fourth consecutive season.

James and Howard were joined by Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka and guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Tony Allen of Memphis

New York center Tyson Chandler, the league's Defensive Player of the Year, made the second team.

It marked the first time since the 1994-95 season, when Denver center Dikembe Mutombo was named to the second team, that the league's top defensive player did not make the first team.

Chandler was joined by forwards Kevin Garnett of Boston and Luol Deng of Chicago, and guards Rajon Rondo of Boston and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The voting panel consisted of the league's 30 head coaches, who were asked to pick the first and second teams by position. The coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own teams. Two points were awarded for a first team vote, while a second-team vote was awarded one point.

James received 24 votes for the first team and five for the second. He was the only player selected on all 29 eligible ballots.

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