Serge Ibaka named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

twitter.com Published: June 2, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Monday by the league.

Ibaka was second in the league in blocks per game with 2.7 (Anthony Davis, 2.8) and averaged a career-best 8.8 rebounds per game in the regular season.

Ibaka was joined on the First Team by NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers guard Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala.

Among other Thunder players receiving All-Defensive team votes were Kevin Durant with 10 (two first-place votes), Thabo Sefolosha with eight (1), Russell Westbrook with five (1) and Reggie Jackson with one.

2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team
Joakim Noah, C, Chicago Bulls; Paul George, F, Indiana Pacers; Chris Paul, G, Los Angeles Clippers; Serge Ibaka, F, Oklahoma City Thunder; Andre Iguodala, G/F, Golden State Warriors

Second Team
LeBron James, F, Miami Heat; Patrick Beverley, G, Houston Rockets; Jimmy Butler, G, Chicago Bulls; Kawhi Leonard, F, San Antonio Spurs; Roy Hibbert, C, Indiana Pacers

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers 63 (14); Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 62 (18); Tony Allen, Memphis, 60 (17); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 45 (12); Dwight Howard, Houston, 26 (6); Taj Gibson, Chicago, 21 (2); Mike Conley, Memphis, 21 (5); Ricky Rubio, Minnesota, 19 (5); Lance Stephenson, Indiana, 14 (3); P.J. Tucker, Phoenix, 13 (2); Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 10 (2); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 10 (3); Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix, 9 (1); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 8; John Wall, Washington, 8 (1); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 8 (1); Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, 7 (2); Trevor Ariza, Washington, 5 (2); Avery Bradley, Boston, 5 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 5 (1); Klay Thompson, Golden State, 5; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 4; Chris Bosh, Miami, 4 (1); Luol Deng, Cleveland, 4 (1); Wesley Matthews, Portland, 4 (1); Tony Parker, San Antonio, 4 (1); Nicolas Batum, Portland, 3 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 3 (1); Danny Green, San Antonio, 3 (1); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte, 3; Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn, 3 (1); Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 3 (1); DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta, 2; Matt Barnes, L.A. Clippers, 2 (1); James Harden, Houston, 2; George Hill, Indiana, 2; Jeff  Teague, Atlanta, 2; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 2; David West, Indiana, 2; Arron Afflalo, Orlando, 1; Corey Brewer, Minnesota, 1; Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia,1; Darren Collison, L.A. Clippers, 1; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Monta Ellis, Dallas, 1; Danny Granger, L.A. Clippers, 1; Draymond Green, Golden State, 1; Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City, 1; David Lee, Golden State, 1; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 1; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 1.

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