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Luol Deng named to All-Defensive Second Team

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Bulls forward Loul Deng didn't have the season he wanted to have. His individual game suffered after he tore a ligament in his left wrist. The team's fortunes were severely undercut when Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his knee in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series, which all-but ended the team's hopes of winning an NBA title.

Deng did achieve one goal he set for himself when he was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team on Wednesday. Some believe the recognition was long overdue.

"Luol Deng, was very underrated last year," former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said earlier this season. "To not make the All-Defensive team, I thought was absurd for him not to make it."

LeBron James received 53 points after voting by NBA coaches. Players received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen and Magic center Dwight Howard earned first-team honors.

Celtic guard Rajon Rondo, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Celtics guard Kevin Garnett joined Deng on the second team.

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala had the most points of any player not named to the first-or-second teams with 19. The Bulls Joakim Noah was next with 14.

Carlos Boozer received one vote, which means he received a second-team vote from one NBA coach.


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