LeBron James can now add another All-Defensive first team nomination to his long list of achievements. The NBA have announced the first and second teams, and LeBron gathered the second-most votes.
After receiving 25 first-team votes and two second-team votes, James’ 52 points were second only to Tony Allen, who earned just one more second team vote. Only three coaches didn’t vote for LeBron at all.
All-Defensive teams are often controversial, as the head coaches are the ones voting as opposed to the Defensive Player of the Year award, which is voted by the media. This year was no different, as Marc Gasol, who won the DPOY award, mustered a mere 12 points with five first-team votes and two second-team votes.
James is no stranger to the All-Defensive first team, as this is now his fifth straight nomination. LeBron also finished second only to Gasol in the DPOY voting this year.
This nomination is just further acknowledgement of what we already know — that James is an excellent defender. During the regular season, he put together a spectacular six-game streak of games in which he didn’t commit a foul.
It’s really an underrated streak because James is generally aggressive on the defensive end and often draws the toughest assignment of the opposing team. To be able to stay away from foul trouble on a regular basis makes the feat admirable.
James’ regular season awards will not end here, as he will inevitably make the All-NBA team when it is announced.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis