That being said, this year's all-defensive teams are spot-on. No complaints here.
The only real quibble I have with these teams is no Andrew Bogut(notes), who was challenging Dwight Howard for Defensive Player of the Year for a while this season. But even then, I don't have a problem with Tim Duncan, who remains good at defending despite a rusting robotic endoskeleton. Well done, voters.
Well, kind of. You guys nailed the first and second team, no doubt about it. Kudos to you. However, there were a few shaky choices in the "also receiving votes" category as there were in the DPOY voting.
Kirk Hinrich(notes) got a first team vote, which is kind of ridiculous even though he was tough on D this year. But that's nothing compared to Jason Kidd's(notes) four first-team votes in a season that saw him get eaten up by opposing point guards quite regularly. That's that reputation thing in full effect. Oh, and Earl Watson(notes) got a second-team vote, presumably because someone felt bad for Indiana.
Inconsequential voting silliness aside, these teams are right on. And, with the exception of Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, they're young. Expect to see these names over and over for the next few years. They deserve it.
- Mookie Blaylock
- Tim Duncan