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.
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