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Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett named First Team All-Defense

Kevin Garnett [1] tied an NBA record with his ninth appearance on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced on Monday. Garnett’s teammate Rajon Rondo [2] was also named to the First Team, drawing the second-most votes behind Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard [3]. This is Rondo’s second straight First-Team appearance. He made the Second Team in 2008-09.

Kobe Bryant [4] and LeBron James [5] were also voted on to the First Team. It was also Bryant’s ninth First Team nod, which allowed him and Garnett to tie the all-time record for First Team appearances held by Michael Jordan [6] and Gary Payton.

Former Celtic Tony Allen [7] received enough votes for a Second Team nod along with Chris Paul [8], Andre Iguodala [9], Joakim Noah [10] and Tyson Chandler [11].

The voting was done by the 30 head coaches and coaches are not allowed for one of their players. Here’s the full breakdown:

2010-11 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Position, Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 27 2 56
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston 16 7 39
Forward LeBron James, Miami 17 4 38
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 13 7 33
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 15 3 33

2010-11 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Position, Player, Team 1st 2nd Points

Guard Tony Allen, Memphis 7 9 23
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 6 6 18
Center Tyson Chandler, Dallas 3 11 17
Forward Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 5 5 15
Forward/Center Joakim Noah, Chicago 3 9 15