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The NBA all-defensive teams are announced, look who's included...
The second team consists of San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan, guards Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder and forwards Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks and Anderson Varejao of the Cavaliers.

Look at all the votes for the all-defensive team. Is Serge Ibaka really tied with Earl Watson?

Points of light: Playoffs showcase next generation of lead guards - Ball Don't Lie
Russell Westbrook's too-green-to-peel Oklahoma City Thunder bowed to the Los Angeles Lakers, but they gave the defending champs a damn stiff six-game test. In the process, Westbrook (21) averaged 20.5 points on impressive field-goal/three-point/free-throw percentages (47.3/41.7/84.2), along with six rebounds and six assists in just over 35 minutes per contest. While the brightest lights shined on teammate Kevin Durant, Westbrook turned in a performance that went a long way toward making him a star (or at least a celestial body capable of creating thermonuclear fusion).

David Thorpe predicts draft steals - ESPN Insider
Will Alabi command double teams? Not initially, and probably never. But he's good enough to score as a fourth or fifth option on a post feed, and he'll be one of the few centers who can play late in games as a defensive presence without sacrificing free throw shooting. For teams in the playoff hunt, that is gold.

Alabi is such a gifted defensive center that he projects as a rotation player immediately (limited minutes early, but steadily increasing), although he still has lots of room to grow and develop. He reminds me in many ways of Serge Ibaka. He's not as athletic as Ibaka but is taller and longer. Both guys are the rare energy guys who also bring a palpable positive spirit to any room they walk into. FSU finished in the top 10 in defensive field goal percentage the past two seasons, including first in the nation this past season, and Alabi anchored that unit. It's hard not to bring your best when playing alongside someone like Ibaka or Alabi. [Perhaps they should play together?]