Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett were voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team today, joining Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. If you joined me in wondering why Bryant made it, blame the coaches: the 30 head coaches vote for the honor. At least in the coaches’ eyes, Kobe’s superstardom was enough to overshadow his somewhat-eroding defensive play.
Garnett’s First Team selection was his ninth, tying him with Bryant, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in league history. Meanwhile, Rondo made the team for the second straight season. The Celtics point guard picked up the second-most votes in the league, behind only Howard.
A complete list of the First and Second Teams can be seen here. Former Celtic Tony Allen was voted to the Second Team.