Harden, Granger and Lee Surprise NBA Fans by Receiving All-Defensive Votes

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

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As much as fans may want awards voters to take their responsibilities seriously, there are always some voters who do not comply.

The results for the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive teams are in. There aren't many surprises when it comes to who made the first and second teams, but when you look at who received just a vote or two, you will be scratching your head.

James Harden (two), Danny Granger (one) and David Lee (one) all received votes for the second team. They may all be talented players, but most NBA fans would be surprised to find those names on any voter's ballot.

Update: Tuesday, June 3 at 11:23 a.m. ET

The vote for Lee was apparently a mistake:

[Twitter, h/t SportsGrid]

--End of Update--

The Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser gave his opinion on Harden's defensive abilities:

Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick shared his feelings on those who voted for the Houston Rockets star:

Why would they say that? Here's an 11-minute video dedicated to Harden playing defense this season:

As for Granger, here's why his inclusion in the voting seems questionable:

Over an 82-game regular season, each NBA team plays a minimum of 3,936 minutes. That means Granger played in less than 22 percent of a team's minutes while splitting time between three teams (Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers).

Meanwhile, not even CSN Bay Area's Drew Shiller could grasp the idea of David Lee getting a vote:

When someone who watches nearly every game can't understand the thought process of the vote, that's not a good sign.

Again, Harden, Granger and Lee may be All-Star-caliber players. It's just a bit of a head-scratcher as to how any of them received votes for the All-Defensive teams this season.

To see the official breakdown of the NBA All-Defensive teams, visit NBA.com.

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