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May 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm | around-the-nbalebron-james

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. James received 47 votes, the third-most overall, including 22 first-place votes. He was joined on the first team by 2009 Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote. LeBron’s Chasedown Blocks, LeBron James – The Chaser.

James joins Larry Nance (1988-89) as the only players in franchise history to ever be voted to the first team and becomes the fifth Cavalier all-time to earn all-defensive honors. The 2008-09 Most Valuable Player averaged a career-best 1.15 blocks and 1.69 steals, eighth in the NBA, in addition to 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists in 37.7 minutes per game. With 137 steals and 93 blocks, James was one of just two players (Dwyane Wade) in the NBA this season to total at least 100 steals and 90 blocks. On 23 occasions, he held the opposing starting small forward to single-digit scoring, including a season-high five consecutive games from March 22-30, and in 34 games, he forced the opposing starting small forward to shoot at or less than .400 from the field. Source: cavs.com.

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2008-09 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 27 1 55
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 24 5 53
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland 22 3 47
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 15 6 36
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 13 9 35
2008-09 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Center Tim Duncan, San Antonio 10 10 30
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami 9 8 26
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston 4 15 23
Forward Shane Battier, Houston 6 10 22
Forward Ron Artest, Houston 5 12 22
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  • tiki

    how did kobe get up there? pretty sure lebron kills him in blocks (and prob in steals). the sickest blocks ive ever seen

  • Curtis J

    Same thing I said

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