This is a special feature from guest blogger Christopher Sells.
Your NBA All-Defensive Teams, announced today, are as follows:
F Kevin Garnett (also Defensive Player of the Year)
F Tim Duncan
C Marcus Camby
G Kobe Bryant
G Bruce Bowen
F Shane Battier
F Tayshaun Prince
C Dwight Howard
G Chris Paul
G Raja Bell
My initial thoughts involve Camby’s selection, despite playing on the worst defensive team in the league and Bruce Bowen’s curious assignment as a guard, despite starting at small forward for the Spurs. There’s always the debate about whether Kobe actually plays defense.
What I do like about the All-Defensive teams, though, is that they’re voted on by the coaches. The coaches aren’t allowed to pick players on their team, which should eliminate any homerism that might exist. This also means that writers from around the country, who spend 95% of their time watching players from the team they cover, don’t get to cast ridiculous votes because of their biases.
Feel free to discuss in the comments, as always.