2014 PBT Awards: All-Defensive Team

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Though none of us have a ballot for the NBA’s official awards, we’ll be presenting our choices and making our cases this week for each major honor.

Kurt Helin

First Team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
  • F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • C:  Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Second Team

  • G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
  • G: Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
  • F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • F: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

What I find hardest about this is picking the point guards that should be on here, then narrowing down the number of quality forwards to just these (I hate leaving guys like Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green off this list).

Brett Pollakoff

First team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • F: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

Second team

  • G: Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
  • G: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • F: LeBron James, Miami Heat
  • C: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

This award is problematic, in that there are far more deserving players who play at the forward positions than there are just about anywhere else. The guards were difficult to single out, but it’s tough to argue with guys who take pride in their defense and seem to bring the effort on that end of the floor on a nightly basis.

Dan Feldman

First team

  • G: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets
  • G: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
  • F: Paul George, Indiana Pacers
  • F: Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
  • C: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

Second team

  • G: Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls
  • G: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • F: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • F: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  • C: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

I feel reasonably comfortable with the gap between my first and second teams, but there are plenty of deserving players who might have made my second team on another day – especially at forward. Serge Ibaka and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were right there.