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Biggest Snubs of 2013 NBA All-Defensive 1st and 2nd Teams
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Alright, NBA fans, are you ready to summon some more awards-season outrage?

I certainly hope so, because there's plenty of it to go around now that the league has announced the All-Defensive first and second teams for the 2012-13 season.

For the most part, the NBA's 30 head coaches were spot-on (or close to it) with their selections. LeBron James, Tony Allen, Serge Ibaka and Chris Paul all cracked the first team, and the coaches created room enough to honor three of the sport's premier defensive bigs in Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah and Tim Duncan.

Tyson Chandler probably belongs in that group, but the New York Knicks' defense regressed considerably this season, even when he was on the floor, per NBA.com.

That's not to say the bench-minders deserve pats on the back for a job well done—or that they should be voting on regular-season honors to begin with. Some had the gumption to waste votes on Kobe Bryant (six ballot points, one first-team vote), Tony Parker (two ballot points, one first-team vote) and Mike James (two ballot points, one first-team vote).

Which, as it happens, were the least of the travesties visited upon the All-Defensive teams by those charged with choosing them.

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