Monday, May 9, 2011
KG, Rondo on All-Defensive first team
By Chris Forsberg
AP Photo/Winslow TownsonRajon Rondo joined teammate Kevin Garnett on the NBA All-Defensive first team.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and forward Kevin Garnett both earned spots on the NBA's All-Defensive first team, the league announced Monday.
Rondo finished second in the overall voting of the NBA's 30 head coaches, earning 16 first-team votes and seven second-team votes for a total of 39 points (coaches were not allowed to vote for their own player). Only Orlando's Dwight Howard (56 points, 27 first-place votes) earned more points. Miami's LeBron James (38 points), Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant (33) and Garnett (33) rounded out the first team.
Garnett and Bryant make their record-tying ninth appearance on the first team, tying Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history.
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.