What the 2012 NBA All-Defensive First Team Should've Looked Like
The 2012 NBA All-Defensive First Team was filled with many good selections but there were some clear omissions to this year's list. The NBA usually does a good job picking its players but this year there were some guys left off the list that should have been on there.
Here is what the All-Defensive First Team should have looked like.
Andre Iguodala: Forward
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Iggy had a career season in 2011-2012. He led the Sixers to a 20-9 start and had a hold on the Atlantic Division until the very end of the season. Despite the Sixers' eighth seed, they became only the fifth team in NBA history to defeat a top seed in the first round, the Chicago Bulls (albeit without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah). They pushed the fourth-seeded Celtics to seven games, although in all honesty they should have taken care of the job earlier. The sky is very bright for Iguodala to be a lock for the spot next season.
Rajon Rondo: Guard
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Rajon Rondo has always impressed me as a player because he was thrown into a situation where he played alongside Hall of Famers and shined very brightly. He won a ring in 2008, played in a Finals in 2010 and could very well win another ring this season. He led Boston out of an early season slump to win the Atlantic Division and his team is now in the Eastern Conference Finals.
He has never been known as a great scorer but is a tremendous defensive point guard. He always averages more than one steal a game for his career and changes the game with his presence.
Dwight Howard: Center
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Dwight Howard is without question one of the premier big men in the NBA. Since being drafted first overall in 2004, he has been the franchise player of the Magic, following in the footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal. He had another monster year in 2011-12 before trade talk and, eventually, injury ended his season. He still had great stats and led the Magic (when healthy) to the sixth-seed in the Eastern Conference.
Serge Ibaka: Forward
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Serge Ibaka is one the biggest reasons the Thunder are still in the playoffs this season. Mostly on the court for his defense, Ibaka is a strong rebounder and his presence helps control the paint for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder had one of the best records in the league this season and Ibaka was one the biggest reasons why.
LeBron James: Guard
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I have LeBron James as a guard on this list and he should get a spot on the list at the position because he handles the ball like a guard most of the time he is on the court. Technicalities aside, Bron Bron led the Heat to the second seed in the Eastern Conference and has turned Miami's fortunes around big time since joining the Heat via "The Decision" in 2010. LeBron looks like he will stay on this list for a while as he is in his prime, and has shown no signs of fading.