Sunday, June 24, 2012

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The Knicks as a team did not reach the goals they had set for themselves, but some players did receive personal awards.  They will graciously accept these awards, but obviously would rather be on a stage like Lebron James and the Miami Heat winning a championship next season.

In addition to winning the Defensive Player of the Year award, Tyson Chandler was put on an All-Defensive team. Shockingly, it was not All-NBA First team, but instead Second team. 

Dwight Howard was the First team Center and Serge Ibaka, who many thought should have been the DPOY, was also on the First team as a Forward.  But Chandler deserved the award after how much he turned the Knicks defense around from one of the worst defenses in 2010-2011 to a top five defensive efficient team with Chandler on board. 

It needs to be noted that the voting for the DPOY and All-NBA Defensive teams are done by different groups; DPOY is done by a select group of media, and NBA coaches choose the All-NBA teams.

This is not the first time that the DPOY was placed on the Second team All-Defense, as it occurred in 1986 to Alvin Robertson and again in 1995 to Dikembe Mutombo. 

Iman Shumpert also impressed coaches throughout the season with his defensive play, as he garnered four first-team votes and five second-team votes, making for a total of 13 points.  He was four points shy, or two first place votes, of making All-NBA Second team Defensive.
In addition to the DPOY award and making All-NBA Defensive Second Team, Chandler was named to the All-NBA Third team.  He was not alone in receiving this distinction, as Carmelo Anthony was also added to the team.  Chandler and Anthony were joined by Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, and Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.

The All-NBA First team included Miami Heat’s Lebron James, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul.

The All-NBA Second team featured Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Oklahoma City Thunders’ Russell Westbrook.

The All-NBA teams were chosen by a group of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters handpicked throughout the United States and Canada

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