Joakim Noah Leads 2014 NBA All-Defensive Team

Posted: Jun 2 2014, 6:29pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

 Joakim Noah Leads 2014 NBA All-Defensive Team
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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah headlines the 2014 NBA All-Defensive Team. The others who made the first team were Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors.

The 2014 NBA All-Defensive Teams were announced on June 2.

Leading the pack is 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, per a statement from the NBA's official website:

"Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Playoer of the Year Award, headlines the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. Noah, who received 105 First Team votes (223 points), makes his second consecutive appearance on the First Team.

"Joining Noah on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are forward Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (161 points, 65 First Team votes), guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (156 points, 64 First Team votes) forward Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder (152 points, 54 First Team votes) and guard/forward Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors (148 points, 57 First Team votes).

"The voting panel consisted of 123 writers and broadcasters from the U.S. and Canada. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

"Noah, who appeared in 80 of Chicago's 82 games, ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3 rpg), 12th in blocks (1.51 bpg) and added 1.24 steals. He was one of just three players (Detroit's Andre Drummond and New Orleans' Anthony Davis) to average at least 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals.

"Behind Noah, the Bulls held opponents to a .430 field goal percentage, second-stingiest in the league.

"Paul led the NBA in steals (2.48 spg) for the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in his career to earn his fourth First Team nod. George ranked fifth in the NBA in steals (1.89 spg) and was the only player in the NBA to average at least 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

"In his first season with the Warriors, Iguodala averaged 1.50 steals, as the Warriors improved from the NBA's 19th-best defense in terms of points allowed last season to 10th in 2013-14.

"The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of forward LeBron James of the Miami Heat (57 First Team votes), guard Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets (44 First Team Votes), guard Jimmy Butler of the Bulls (29 First Team votes), forward Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (16 First Team votes) and Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers (15 First Team votes)."

The Bulls (Noah, Butler) and Pacers (George, Hibbert) were the only teams to feature two teams on each sqad, per The Associated Press (via ESPN).

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