NBA All-Defensive Teams: How it Should Have Gone Down

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IMay 13, 2008

The NBA defensive awards were fairly accurate. I do, however, have some changes I wish to make to that team.

This is what actually happened in 2008:

2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM  

PositionPlayer, Team1st 2ndPoints
ForwardKevin Garnett, Boston24452
GuardKobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers24452
CenterMarcus Camby, Denver14937
Guard/F.Bruce Bowen, San Antonio131036
ForwardTim Duncan, San Antonio12933

2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

PositionPlayer, Team1st 2ndPoints
ForwardShane Battier, Houston91129
GuardChris Paul, New Orleans10626
CenterDwight Howard, Orlando8925
ForwardTayshaun Prince, Detroit31420
GuardRaja Bell, Phoenix4101

Not bad, I agree with most of it but in my opinion there need to be some changes:

TJ's 2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Forward, Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics: 9.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 1.4 SPG

Forward/Center, Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic: 14.2 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 1 SPG

Center, Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets: 13.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG, 3.6 BPG

Guard, Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers: 6.3 RPG, 1.8 SPG, 0.5 SPG (Defensive stats aren't fantastic, but we all know the MVP is a lock-downer)

Guard, Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets: 4 RPG, 2.77 SPG

Justifying Points:

  • Garnett, defensive player of the year, obviously deserves to be here.
  • Howard is an absolute beast. He times his blocks perfectly, and there is no player scarier to drive against, you know someone deserves to be on this list when they have some 8+ block games.
  • Camby is a must, leading the league in blocks and winning the award last year.
  • Bryant is a great defensive player, not to mention he is so good on offense, which you would think would take away from his defense.
  • Chris Paul is one of the best defensive point guard in the league and led the NBA in steals.

TJ's 2007-08 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Forward, Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs: 3 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG (Stats aren't everything; we all know what a lock-down defender Bowen is.)

Forward/Center, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs: 11.3 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 2 BPG

Center, Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Hornets: 11.7 RPG, 0.6 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Guard, Shane Battier, Houston Rockets: 5.1 RPG, 1 SPG, 1.1 BPG

Guard, Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons: 2.7 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Justifying Points:

  • Bowen, Battier and Duncan easily could have been on the first team. It was just difficult to fit them in.
  • Chandler was one of the most improved players this year and one of the scariest players to drive at.
  • Billups maybe shouldn't have made this list, but he is the best defensive stopper on one of the top defensive teams in the league. Also, he is the best lock-down point guard since Gary Payton.

People say defense wins championships. Is it odd that all these players made it past the second round of the playoffs, except for Battier and Camby? No. Defense DOES win championships, and these guys are living proof.

*Honourable Mentions* Dikimbe Mutumbo, Tayshaun Prince, Deron Williams, Raja Bell, Josh Howard, Jason Kidd and Chris Bosh