Iguodala first Warrior since '71 to make 1st-Team All-Defense

Iguodala first Warrior since '71 to make 1st-Team All-Defense
June 2, 2014, 12:15 pm



This is Andre Iguodala's first 1st-Team All-Defense selection. He made 2nd-Team All-Defense in 2011. (USATI)

After so many decades being associated with indifferent defense, the Warriors have become one of the stingiest squads in the NBA.

Andre Iguodala is a big reason for that.

The 6-foot-6 small forward, acquired last July, on Monday received recognition for his work when he was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Iguodala is the first Warrior named to the first team since center Nate Thurmond in 1970-71. Guard Latrell Sprewell was voted to the second team in 1993-94.

When Iguodala joined the Warriors last July, club officials sang the praises of his selflessness and his effectiveness in transition. Above all, though, they expected him to lift their defense to another level.

He did that. The Warriors finished third in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) and fourth in field-goal percentage defense. Iguodala led the league in plus-minus equation, averaging a plus-9.0 differential.

Iguodala was joined on the first team by Bulls center Joakim Noah (the leafing vote getter), Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Pacers forward Paul George and Clippers guard Chris Paul.

Other Warriors receiving votes: Klay Thompson (5), Andrew Bogut (4), Stephen Curry (3, including one first-team vote), Draymond Green (1) and David Lee (1).

2013-14 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Position              Player, Team           1st-Team Votes    2nd Team Votes      Total Points
Center                   Joakim Noah, Chicago                105                           13                          223
Forward                Paul George, Indiana                   65                             31                          161
Guard                   Chris Paul, LA Clippers                64                             28                         156
Forward                Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City       54                             44                         152
Guard/Forward    Andre Iguodala, Golden State      57                           34                        148

2013-14 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Forward                LeBron James, Miami                    57                              20                      134
Guard                   Patrick Beverley, Houston            44                              24                       112
Guard                   Jimmy Butler, Chicago                  29                              45                       103
Forward                Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio      16                              57                       89
Center                  Roy Hibbert, Indiana                    15                               46                        76

Note: Players receive 2 points for a 1st place vote, and 1 point for a 2nd place vote

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers 63 (14); Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 62 (18); Tony Allen, Memphis, 60 (17); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 45 (12); Dwight Howard, Houston, 26 (6); Taj Gibson, Chicago, 21 (2); Mike Conley, Memphis, 21 (5); Ricky Rubio, Minnesota, 19 (5); Lance Stephenson, Indiana, 14 (3); P.J. Tucker, Phoenix, 13 (2); Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 10 (2); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 10 (3); Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix, 9 (1); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 8; John Wall, Washington, 8 (1); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 8 (1); Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, 7 (2); Trevor Ariza, Washington, 5 (2); Avery Bradley, Boston, 5 (1); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 5 (1); Klay Thompson, Golden State, 5; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 4; Chris Bosh, Miami, 4 (1); Luol Deng, Cleveland, 4 (1); Wesley Matthews, Portland, 4 (1); Tony Parker, San Antonio, 4 (1); Nicolas Batum, Portland, 3 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 3 (1); Danny Green, San Antonio, 3 (1); Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte, 3; Shaun Livingston, Brooklyn, 3 (1); Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 3 (1); DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta, 2; Matt Barnes, L.A. Clippers, 2 (1); James Harden, Houston, 2; George Hill, Indiana, 2; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 2; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 2; David West, Indiana, 2; Arron Afflalo, Orlando, 1; Corey Brewer, Minnesota, 1; Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia,1; Darren Collison, L.A. Clippers, 1; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 1; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 1; Monta Ellis, Dallas, 1; Danny Granger, L.A. Clippers, 1; Draymond Green, Golden State, 1; Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City, 1; David Lee, Golden State, 1; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 1; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 1.

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