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All-Defensive First Team
G: Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Aside from being a tremendous shooter and distributor, Chris Paul also doubles as the league's best defending point guard. He should be in jail for theft at this point, judging by how much he's stolen over the course of his career.
No but seriously, this guy is a great lockdown defender.
G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Kobe Bryant's reign as best shooting guard, both offensively and defensively, has come to an end. Tony Allen is a dominating force out top on D, and we finally were able to see this on a national stage when his Grizzlies upended the Spurs.
F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
Like Chris Paul, LeBron James specializes on both ends of the hardwood. It wasn't especially clear during his first few seasons, but Bron has become one of the most versatile defenders.
He can lockdown on the perimeter as well as anyone, and his size (6'8, 250 pounds) helps him mesh with the best of the bigs.
F: Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics
And you thought the reign of Kevin Garnett was over! Although he's 34 and slowly diminishing offensively, he still hustles more than any forward in the game.
It's been a thrill to watch KG during his 16-year career, and I believe he'll be a top-20 player of all time when all is said and done.
C: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
Superman is the game's best defensive force, bar none. He is simply demonic in the post, swatting every possible shot and playing incredible one-on-one defense.
He is one of the few players in the game today that actually make watching defense fun!
All-Defensive Second Team
G: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo is a phenomenal defensive force, and I believe he'll pick up a fourth All-Defense selection in just his sixth season.
G: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
If only Tony Allen weren't so good, Dwyane Wade would be apart of the first team for sure.
F: Gerald Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers
The league's most underrated (and perhaps versatile) defender, Gerald Wallace is finally able to display his talents in somewhere other than Charlotte.
F: JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards
Although he's technically a center, it would feel blasphemic to leave JaVale McGee off a defensive list. He anchors the young and extremely athletic Wizards in this aspect.
C: Tyson Chandler, N/A
Tyson Chandler is easily one of the league's best post defenders. Without his prowess and intensity on the glass, would Dallas have won the NBA Finals in June?
Honorable Mentions: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls; Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks; Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers (for now); Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks; Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls; Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls; Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers