A pair of Celtics were honored by the NBA today for their defensive prowess.
Forward Kevin Garnett was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team, while point guard Rajon Rondo was named to the second team.
Garnett, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year a season ago, received 35 votes, 13 for the first team. Rondo received 23 votes, four for the first team
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins received four votes, one for the first team, to finish 19th in the voting.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard, who was named the Defensive Player of the Year last week, edged the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant as the leading vote-getter by a 55-53 margin.
Here are the first and second teams, along with vote totals:
All-Defensive first team
Dwight Howard, Orlando, 55
Kobe Bryant,LA Lakers, 53
LeBron James, Cleveland, 47
Chris Paul, New Orleans, 36
All-Defensive second team
Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 30
Dwyane Wade, Miami, 26
Shane Battier, Houston, 22
Ron Artest, Houston, 22