Wallace, Bowen headline All-Defensive Team
=== Wallace, Bowen headline All-Defensive Team ===
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Detroit’s Ben Wallace, the reigning
Defensive Player of the Year, and San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen highlight the
2005-06 NBA All-Defensive Teams.
Wallace is making his fifth consecutive appearance on the All-Defensive First
Team, while Bowen, the leading vote getter, was named to the All-Defensive
Team for the sixth-straight season.
The Sacramento Kings’ Ron Artest, the 2003-04 Defensive Player of the
Year, joins Wallace and Bowen on the First Team, along with Andrei
Kirilenko of Utah, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, and New Jersey’s
Wallace was the only player in the NBA to finish in the top 10 in rebounding
(11.3 rpg), blocks (2.2 bpg) and steals (1.8 spg).
Bowen received 55 points out of a possible 60, while Wallace finished just
behind Bowen with 54 points. Kirilenko and Artest picked up 44 and 30 points
respectively while Bryant and Kidd each finished with 28 points.
The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of a pair of Detroit Pistons —
Tayshaun Prince and guard Chauncey Billups — Denver’s Marcus Camby,
Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.
The voting panel consisted of the league’s 30 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.