May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) smiles before game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Awards: Knicks Tyson Chandler named First Team All-Defensive Team member

It’s a year too late for New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, but it’s still quite the honor.

Chandler was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team on Monday, one year after not being named a first team defensive player despite winning the 2012 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

May 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) argues a referees call in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats New York 82-71. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

According to the league’s official Twitter feed, the All-Defensive First Team is comprised of forwards LeBron James and Serge Ibaka, guards Tony Allen and Chris Paul and a tie for center between Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah.

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award was left off the All-Defensive First Team as Memphis Grizzlies’ center Marc Gasol was left off the team.

Gasol joins Tim Duncan and Paul George at the forward spots and Avery Bradley and Mike Conley at the guard positions as members of the second team.

According to CBS Sports’ Royce Young, the voting broke down as follows:


LeBron James, Miami — 25 first — 3 second — 52 points

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City — 17 — 12 — 46

Tyson Chandler, New York — 9 — 6 — 24

Joakim Noah, Chicago — 8 — 8 — 24

Tony Allen, Memphis — 25 — 3 — 53

Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers — 15 — 7 — 37


Tim Duncan, San Antonio — 3 — 14 — 20

Paul George, Indiana — 7 — 13 — 27

Marc Gasol, Memphis — 5 — 2 — 12

Avery Bradley, Boston — 10 — 5 — 25

Mike Conley, Memphis — 4 — 11 — 19

Chandler was the anchor of the Knicks defense and averaged 10.7 rebounds to go along with 1.1 blocks per game, as the Knicks allowed only 95.7 points per game, which ranked them seventh in the NBA.

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