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Tyson Chandler named to second-team All-Defense

The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) is defended

The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard (12) is defended by Tyson Chandler (6) during the first half. (March 28, 2012) Credit: AP

Tyson Chandler won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award but didn't make the All-Defensive First Team.

Orlando center Dwight Howard beat out Chandler, who Wednesday was voted to the All-Defensive Second Team by the NBA's 30 coaches. The Defensive Player of the Year voting is done by the media.

It's the third time since the NBA started handing out the top defender award in 1983 that the winner didn't make All-Defensive First Team. Alvin Robertson won for the 1985-86 season and Dikembe Mutombo for 1994-95, and both were voted to the second team.

Joining Howard on the first team were Heat forward LeBron James, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.

Chandler, who sparked a change in the Knicks' defensive mentality, actually totaled enough points (36) to make the first team. (Paul had 35 and Allen 33). But the teams go by position and Chandler finished five points behind Howard.

The second team consisted of Chandler, forwards Kevin Garnett of the Celtics and Luol Deng of Chicago, Boston guard Rajon Rondo and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

James received 24 first-team votes and Ibaka 20; Howard got 16 and Chandler 13. Two points were awarded for a first-team vote and one point was for second team.

Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert received four first-team votes and 13 total points, four fewer than Bryant.

Workouts continue. The Knicks will have their second round of predraft workouts Thursday. Scott Machado, the Iona point guard who played at St. Mary's High School, highlights the group that also features UNLV guard Oscar Bellfield, Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom, VCU swingman Bradford Burgess, UAB forward Cameron Moore and Duke forward Miles Plumlee.


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