Mar, 21, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA;Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Congratulations are in order for Serge Ibaka, who was just named to the NBA All Defensive First Team. This is the first time Ibaka has been awarded the honor.
Ibaka has been an emerging defensive specialist for some time now, but in this past season he truly rose to another level. He has become arguably the best weak-side defensive player in the league, averaging 3.7 blocks per game, which is a huge jump from last season's mark of 2.4 blocks per game. He averaged nearly half a block more than the second best shot blocker, Roy Hibbert.
All-Defensive First Team
- LeBron James - Small Forward
- Serge Ibaka - Power Forward
- Dwight Howard - Center
- Chris Paul - Point Guard
- Tony Allen - Shooting Guard