May 10, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) looses control of ball against Philadelphia 76ers small forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the 1st quarter of game six in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
[From the mothership. The Boozer revelation is frightening. The voting for this team is done by the coaches, and Thibs couldn't vote for his own guys, so your guess is as good as mine. And I commend Rose for improving on that end of the floor this season, but that one is almost as bad. - yfbb]
(SB Nation Chicago, Satchel Price) Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng was named to the 2011-2012 NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday afternoon, as the league announced. He was one of four Bulls starters, along with guard Derrick Rose, center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, to receive votes.
Heat forward LeBron James, the league's MVP this season, was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive First Team, which also included Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Magic center Dwight Howard, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.
As SB Nation's Mike Prada notes, Knicks center Tyson Chandler curiously failed to make the All-Defensive First Team despite being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year recently. Two different voting bodies would explain the differing results, but it's surprising nonetheless.
Other than Deng and Chandler, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Celtics guard Rajon Rondo fill out the remainder of the All-Defensive Second Team. Noah received the third-most votes of any center in the league with 14, while Rose and Boozer each received one vote apiece.