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Ibaka Named To NBA All-Defensive First Team

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Here's no big surprise.

Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka has been named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Ibaka has been a dominating force for the Thunder this season, leading the league in blocked shots with a franchise record 3-point-65 rejections per game -- the highest per-game average for any NBA player in more than a decade.

He also set the franchise record with 11 blocked shots in a game February 19th against Denver, also becoming the first player in team history to record a triple double that included blocked shots, scoring 14 points and pulling down 15 rebounds to boot.

Despite his feats, Ibaka finished a close second in the voting for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, with Tyson Chandler earning the honor. Chandler was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team.

Ibaka received the second-most votes on the first team. Only LeBron James had more.

Position - Player/Team
F - LeBron James - Miami
F - Serge Ibaka - Oklahoma City
C - Dwight Howard - Orlando
G - Chris Paul - L.A. Clippers
G - Tony Allen - Memphis
1st
24
20
16
13
13

2nd
5
7
9
9
7
Pts
53
47
41
35
33

 

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