Marion shut out in All-Defensive voting
That must be considered a slap in Marion's face from opposing coaches. The league's head coaches vote on the All-Defensive teams, but they aren't allowed to vote for their own players.
Marion held opposing small forwards to a league-low .392 shooting percentage this season. He was especially effective against the league's top scorers. Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (.340), Cleveland's LeBron James (.417), the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (.385) and Denver's Carmelo Anthony (.172) all shot way below their norm when Marion was on the floor this season.
What's really puzzling is that Caron Butler got a vote. Not that Butler is a bad defender, but didn't that coach realize that the Mavs always put Marion on the opponent's premier wing scorer for a reason?
Jason Kidd, who ranked third in the league in steals, came close to a second-team selection. He finished with a total of 12 points, including four first-place votes, putting him two points behind Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha. Kidd struggles against quick point guard but excels defending shooting guards.
Center Brendan Haywood, who ranked fourth in the league in blocked shots, received one vote.
But the Mavs' best defensive player got a big, fat zero, just like his jersey number.
NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
C Dwight Howard, Orlando
G Rajon Rondo, Boston
F LeBron James, Cleveland
G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
F Gerald Wallace, Charlotte
NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
C Tim Duncan, San Antonio
G Dwyane Wade, Miami
F Josh Smith, Atlanta
F Anderson Varejao, Cleveland
G Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City
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