The Chicago Bulls received some good news on Monday when the NBA announced that Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler have made the All-Defensive teams this season. This is the second year that Noah has been selected for first-team All-Defensive, while Butler was selected for second team All-Defensive for the first time in his career.
Noah received a league leading 105 first-team votes and joins Paul George, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, and Serge Ibaka on the team. On the second-team, Butler received 29 votes and joins LeBron James, Patrick Beverly, Kawhi Leonard, and Roy Hibbert.
The selection of Noah and Butler mark the first time that two Bulls have made the All-Defensive team since Kirk Hinrich and Ben Wallace made the team in 2006. Hinrich did receive two votes for first team this season, as did Taj Gibson, but neither made the team.
It was no surprise that Noah made it onto the All-Defensive first-team list. After all, winning Defensive Player of the Year should guarantee being on that team. He was clearly the best defensive player at the center position all season long, and he’s even better as a help defender as well. Butler definitely deserved to be placed on the team as well. His perimeter defense made Luol Deng expendable and Butler also has the ability to defend point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards.
For the Bulls, it’s great for the team to have two players represented on a ten-player team. Noah and Butler definitely deserved their names being placed amongst the top defenders in the league. Hopefully that trend will continue for several seasons to come.