Ibaka Named To NBA All-Defensive First Team

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the 2012-13 season, the NBA announced earlier today.

Ibaka receives All-Defensive First Team honors for a second consecutive season after leading the NBA in blocks (3.03 bpg) during the 2012-13 season.

Led by Ibaka, the Thunder as a team recorded a league-best 7.61 blocks per game. Oklahoma City now has led the league in blocked shots in each of the past two seasons. With Ibaka in the lineup for 80 games, the Thunder held its opponents to the second lowest field goal percentage (.425) in the NBA during the 2012-13 season.

After leading the league in total blocked shots (242) for a third consecutive season, Ibaka joins Dikembe Mutombo (1994-98) as the only other player to accomplish such a feat in NBA history.

The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Below are the results for the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive Teams balloting. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Forward LeBron James, Miami 25 3 52

Forward Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 17 12 46

Center Tyson Chandler, New York 9 6 24

Center Joakim Noah, Chicago 8 8 24

Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 25 3 53

Guard Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 15 7 37


Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Forward Tim Duncan, San Antonio 3 14 20

Forward Paul George, Indiana 7 13 27

Center Marc Gasol, Memphis 5 2 12

Guard Avery Bradley, Boston 10 5 25

Guard Mike Conley, Memphis 4 11 19

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (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, L.A. Clippers, 1; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; Andrei Kirilenko, Minnesota, 1; Iman Shumpert, New York, 1; David West, Indiana, 1.