Wallace, Duncan headline All-Defensive Team
=== Wallace, Duncan headline All-Defensive Team ===
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace, the
National Basketball Association’s 2004-05 Defensive Player of the Year, led
all vote-getters as the league released its All-Defensive Teams on Thursday.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan received All-Defensive honors for the
eighth consecutive season and joined Wallace on the First Team squad, along
with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, San Antonio guard Bruce
Bowen and Washington Wizards guard Larry Hughes.
Wallace, who earned the NBA’s top defensive player award for the third time
last week, received 23 first-team votes and 51 total points, three more than
both Garnett and Bowen.
Garnett has been named to the top squad in each of the last six seasons, while
Bowen garnered first-team laurels for the second straight year.
The All-Defensive Second Team unit consists of two Detroit Pistons — forward
Tayshaun Prince and guard Chauncey Billups — Denver Nuggets center Marcus
Camby, Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd
and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
The voting panel consisted of the league’s 29 head coaches, who were asked to
pick NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. The coaches were
not permitted to vote for players from their own club.