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Avery Bradley voted to NBA's All-Defensive second team

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 13, 2013 02:54 PM

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Celtics guard Avery Bradley was voted onto his first NBA All-Defensive team in results announced Monday.

Bradley, who is known for his on-ball defense, received 10 first-place votes from NBA coaches, totaling 25 points overall, good for the second team. There's a good nugget here from ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg on Bradley's defense:

"According to individual defensive statistics logged by Synergy Sports, Bradley limited opponents to 0.697 points per play, the lowest in the league among those with at least 475 total defensive possessions. Opponents shot just 30.8 percent against Bradley and scored just 31.8 percent of the time (also a league low using that 475 possession total)."

Here are the NBA's All-Defensive teams (with points received in parentheses):

First team:

Guard: Tony Allen, Memphis (53)
Guard: Chris Paul, LA Clippers (37)
Forward: LeBron James, Miami (52)
Forward: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (46)
Center: Joakim Noah, Chicago (24)
Center: Tyson Chandler, New York (24)

Second team:

Guard: Avery Bradley, Boston (25)
Guard: Mike Conley, Memphis (19)
Forward: Tim Duncan, San Antonio (20)
Forward: Paul George, Indiana (27)
Center: Marc Gasol, Memphis (12)

As an aside, Gasol won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award, as voted on by the media, but he did not make the first team.

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