Feb 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Luol Deng receives one first place vote for All-Defensive team

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng received one first place vote and four votes overall for the NBA’s All-Defensive Team. The All-Defensive team was announced today and Deng was the only Cavalier to receive a vote.

The first team consisted of NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors. The second team consisted of Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls. The voting panel consisted of 123 media members from Canada and the U.S.

Deng was acquired midseason by the Cavaliers from the Bulls. In 40 games with Cleveland, Deng averaged 14.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game. Overall, his number were largely down across the board and Deng didn’t have the impact many hoped he would have. And with the Cavs reportedly not interested in bringing back Deng, his time in Cleveland may be over.

 

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