Gasol left off LeBron-led all-defensive team
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The best defender in the NBA wasn’t good enough for the all-defensive team. Again.
While Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Miami Heat forward LeBron James led the 2012-13 NBA all-defensive first team, NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner Marc Gasol ended up the No. 3 center in votes received. The Grizzlies center is the fourth defensive player of the year to be snubbed from the first team in 31 seasons but joins last year’s winner, New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, in the distinction.
Chandler and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah actually beat out Gasol for the center position spot, tying with 24 points to Gasol’s 12. Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka also were on the first team.
Alvin Robertson in 1986 and Dikembe Mutombo in 1995 were the other two winners to be snubbed. The award is voted on by sports writers, while the first and second teams are picked by coaches.
Here’s the voting, in full (two points for first-team votes, one for second):
- G Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies: 53 points, 25 first-place votes
- F LeBron James, Miami Heat: 52, 25
- F Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder: 46, 17
- G Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: 37, 15
- C Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks: 9, 24
- C Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls: 8, 24
- F Paul George, Indiana Pacers: 27, 7
- G Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics: 25, 10
- F Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: 20, 3
- G Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies: 19, 4
- C Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies: 12, 5
Others receiving votes (first-team votes in parentheses): Andre Iguodala, Denver, 16 (2); Larry Sanders, Milwaukee, 16 (4); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 15 (2); Luol Deng, Chicago, 11 (1); Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers, 9 (3); Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 6 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 6 (2); Kenneth Faried, Denver, 4 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 4 (1); Shane Battier, Miami, 2; Nicolas Batum, Portland, 2 (1); Corey Brewer, Denver, 2; George Hill, Indiana, 2; Mike James, Dallas, 2 (1); Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 2, (1); Tony Parker, San Antonio, 2 (1); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 2 (1); Eric Bledsoe, … [For more on Marc Gasol left off LeBron James-led all-defensive team, click here.]