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BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and center Kevin Garnett have both been named to the NBA All-Defensive second team.
Boston held opponents to 89.3 points per game during the regular season, second only to the Chicago Bulls, but did not land a single All-Defensive first-teamer.
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Miami’s LeBron James, Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, and Memphis’ Tony Allen made up the first team. Chicago’s Luol Deng, New York’s Tyson Chandler (the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year), and Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant joined Rondo and Garnett on the second team.
Rondo received nine first-team and 11 second-team votes to finish with 29 total points. Garnett finished with 26 points, with eight first-team votes and 10 second-team votes.
The 30 head coaches in the NBA did the voting, with each of them making their choices for the first and second teams by position. Two points were given for a first-team vote and one point a second-team vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Second-year Celtics guard Avery Bradley finished with three points, including a first-team vote.