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OKC Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka named to NBA's All-Defensive First Team for third consecutive season

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 2, 2014
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Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team for the third straight season.

Ibaka received 54 First Team votes, which were worth two points each, and 44 Second Team votes, which were worth one point each, for a total of 152 points. He was joined on the First Team by Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Paul George and Joakim Noah. Paul is the only other player to receive First Team All-Defensive honors in each of the last three seasons.

Ibaka led the NBA in total blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season, joining Dikembe Mutombo as the only players in league history to accomplish that feat. Ibaka appeared in 81 games during the regular season and helped the Thunder hold opponents to 43.6 percent, the third lowest opponent field goal percentage in the NBA.

Patrick Beverley, Jimmy Bulter, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Roy Hibbert made up the All-Defensive Second Team.

SEVERAL THUNDER PLAYERS COMPETING IN SUMMER LEAGUE

Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson are among the players on the Thunder’s current roster who will participate in this year’s summer league.

Rookie forward Grant Jerrett also is likely to participate. The Thunder also has two first-round picks in the upcoming NBA Draft that could join the summer league roster.

The Thunder will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 5-11 alongside Orlando, Boston, Brooklyn, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, Memphis, Miami and Philadelphia.

Five of this year’s top 12 draft picks could potentially be on hand, as well as five of last year’s top 12 selections.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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