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Serge Ibaka Named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

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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.

All-Defensive First Team Picks |

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.

To top off Ibaka's defensive play in this shortened season, he recorded double-digit blocks not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions.

Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha also received votes this season.

All-Defensive First Team

  • LeBron James - Small Forward
  • Serge Ibaka - Power Forward
  • Dwight Howard - Center
  • Chris Paul - Point Guard
  • Tony Allen - Shooting Guard
All-Defensive Second Team
  • Kevin Garnett - Power Forward
  • Luol Deng - Small Forward
  • Tyson Chandler - Center
  • Rajon Rondo - Point Guard
  • Kobe Bryant - Shooting Guard
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vs. the Kings

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