Rondo on NBA All-Defensive First Team
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo earned a spot on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, netting the second-most votes in the poll of the league's 30 coaches.
Rondo finished with 50 points based on 23 first-place votes and four second-place votes (2 points for a first-place vote, 1 point for a second). Only Orlando's Dwight Howard was better, earning 28 first-place votes and one second-place vote for 57 points.
"It's an honor," said Rondo. "I'm excited, it's one of my goals that I set for at the beginning of the year and I accomplished it."
Rondo later joked, "It strokes my ego," before turning serious. "It's something I've worked for in the [four] years since I came into the league. Last year, I think made third team or something like that. I was striving to get better and my goal was to make the first team."
And, like a good point guard, he dished the praise when asked what makes a good defender.
"Having four guys behind you makes you look a lot better," said Rondo. "When I get beat off the dribble, I got [Kendrick Perkins] and Kevin [Garnett] blocking those shots that probably would have been made on other teams."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers thought Rondo earned the award with his play and development.
"He deserved it, he's worked at it, and it's a great honor for him," said Rivers. "You know, he took it in stride. He's like, 'Great,' but I love the way he took it, he's more focused on the playoffs now than some individual honor. But, listen, when you're first-team in anything in this league, it's a hell of an honor."
Informed that Rondo finished with the second-most votes, Rivers smiled and added, "I didn't know that. That's good. I don't even know who votes."
Clearly Rivers is focused on the playoffs, too, if he doesn't remember voting. Coaches could not vote for their own player.
Joining Rondo and Howard on the NBA First Team were Cleveland's LeBron James, Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, and Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant.
The second team and the full voting can be found after the jump.
Garnett (5 points, 1 first-team vote) and Perkins (4 points, 1 first-team vote) also registered votes among the coaches.
2009-10 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 28 1 57
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston 23 4 50
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland 20 5 45
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 13 8 34
Forward Gerald Wallace, Charlotte 11 8 30
2009-10 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Position Player, Team 1st 2nd Points
Center Tim Duncan, San Antonio 8 5 21
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami 8 4 20
Forward Josh Smith, Atlanta 6 8 20
Forward Anderson Varejao, Cleveland 2 11 15
Guard Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City 3 8 14
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in
parentheses): Jason Kidd, Dallas, 12 (4); Marcus Camby, Portland, 12 (1);
Ron Artest, 11 (3); Deron Williams, Utah, 10, (2); Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, 9
(1); Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee, 8; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 8 (1); Arron
Afflalo, Denver, 6 (1); Kenyon Martin, Denver, 5 (1); Kevin Garnett,
Boston, 5 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix, 4 (2); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 4;
Kendrick Perkins, Boston, 4 (1); Shane Battier, Houston, 4 (1); Andrei
Kirilenko, Utah, 3 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 3; Trevor Ariza,
Houston, 3 (1); Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 2; George Hill, San Antonio,
2 (1); Jermaine O’Neal, Miami, 2 (1); Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2 (1); Lamar
Odom, L.A. Lakers, 2 (1); Luis Scola, Houston, 2; Manu Ginobili, San
Antonio, 2 (1); Nicolas Batum, Portland, 2; Caron Butler, Dallas, 1;
Chauncey Billups, Denver, 1; Jared Dudley, Phoenix, 1; Kevin Durant,
Oklahoma City, 1; Raymond Felton, Charlotte, 1; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 1; Pau
Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 1; Chuck Hayes, Houston, 1; Brendan Haywood, Dallas, 1;
Al Horford, Atlanta, 1; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 1; Ersan Ilyasova,
Milwaukee, 1; Stephen Jackson, Charlotte, 1; Nene, Denver, 1; Chris Paul,
New Orleans, 1; Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 1; Earl Watson, Indiana, 1.
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