Tyson Chandler was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, but somehow he did not make the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The New York Knicks center was named to the Second Team, as voted by the league's coaches.
Players received two points for a First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote. LeBron James led the way with 53 points, including 24 votes for his inclusion on the first team, more than any other player. He was joined on the First Team by Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Tony Allen. Ibaka and Allen both made the First Team for the first time.
In addition to Chandler, who led the Second Team in voting, the Second Team included Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant and Luol Deng. Chandler received more points (36) than either Paul or Allen, but made the Second Team because the balloting is based on position.