Joakim Noah’s season, the one that saw him named an NBA All-Star for the very first time in his career, was capped off by the announcement on Monday that the Chicago Bulls big man was named to the league’s All-Defensive first team.
Noah received eight first and second team votes on a panel that consisted of 30 of the NBA’s head coaches asked to select players by position. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
Rounding out the first team was LeBron James (Miami Heat), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), former Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), a Chicago native in Tony Allen (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers).
And in a rather bizarre twist, Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), who was named Defensive Player of the Year, wound up on the second-team instead of the first.
Noah is the Bulls' first All-Defensive first team member since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen back in 1998.
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