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OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka named to NBA's all-defensive team

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: May 23, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka was named to the NBA's all-defensive first team on Wednesday.

Mami's LeBron James, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Magic center Dwight Howard joined Ibaka on the first team announced Wednesday.

Ibaka and Allen, a former Oklahoma State standout, earned first-team honors for the first time.

Ibaka is leading all players in the NBA Playoffs with 3.2 blocks per game. In the regular season, Ibaka was tops in the league with 241 blocks during the regular season. The next closest player was the Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan, who had 134.

James totaled 53 points, including 24 first-team votes. He averaged 1.9 steals and 7.9 rebounds as Miami ranked fourth in the league in opponent scoring.

The NBA's 30 head coaches vote on the all-defensive team by position. They're not allowed to pick their own players.