NBA announces All-Defensive teams, no Spurs honored
On Wednesday the NBA announced the All-Defensive team selections and no San Antonio Spurs players were on either the first or second teams. Tim Duncan did, however, end up on the list of “other players receiving votes.” Duncan ended up with one First Team vote and three Second team votes. Although somehow Carlos Boozer ended up with a second team vote also, so maybe it’s not that great of an honor.
Considering how the Spurs’ defense has been viewed this season, especially when compared to past Spurs teams, it’s no surprise that they didn’t get any individual recognition. San Antonio doesn’t have a lot of players who block a lot of shots or force steals, it’s a bend but don’t break team defensive scheme.
The All-Defensive teams, like the All-Rookie teams, were voted on by the 30 NBA head coaches. Coaches couldn’t vote for players on their own teams.
Also of note in the All-Defensive team results is that upcoming Oklahoma City Thunder opponent Serge Ibaka made the First Team, and Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefalosha also received some votes.