Prince nearly misses
Tayshaun Prince received the 11th-most votes for the All-Defense Teams. Via the Free Press:
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando 55
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 53
Forward LeBron James, Cleveland 47
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 36
Forward Kevin Garnett, Boston 35
Center Tim Duncan, San Antonio 30
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami 26
Guard Rajon Rondo, Boston 23
Forward Shane Battier, Houston 22
Forward Ron Artest, Houston 22
Others receiving votes (first-team votes in parentheses: Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 15 (3); Raja Bell, Charlotte, 8 (2); Joel Przybilla, Portland, 7 (1); Chauncey Billups, Denver, 5; Ronnie Brewer, Utah, 5 (1); Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 5; Yao Ming, Houston, 5; Emeka Okafor, Charlotte, 5 (1); Kendrick Perkins, Boston, 4 (1); Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia, 3; Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers, 3 (1); Udonis Haslem, Miami, 3; Jason Kidd, Dallas, 3 (1); Anderson Varejao, Cleveland, 3; Deron Williams, Utah, 3; Trevor Ariza, L.A. Lakers, 2; Kirk Hinrich, Chicago, 2; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2 (1); Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, 2 (1); David Lee, New York, 2 (1); James Posey, New Orleans, 2; J.R. Smith, Denver, 2 (1); Gerald Wallace, Charlotte, 2; Nenê, Denver, 1; Chris Andersen, Denver, 1; Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers, 1; Antonio McDyess, Detroit, 1; Andre Miller, Philadelphia, 1; Travis Outlaw, Portland, 1; Brandon Roy, Portland, 1; Rasheed Wallace, Detroit, 1.
Some strange votes in there, but Prince came so close purely based on reputation. Same with Sheed. And the McDyess vote? That one is pretty surprising, too.
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