The NBA released its All-Defensive team voting results today and the names on the first team weren't all that surprising. Indeed Joakim Noah, Paul George, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala and Serge Ibaka all had impressive defensive seasons worthy of recognition. But further down the list, in the oft-overlooked, yet oft-entertaining of "Other players receiving votes" section was none other than James Harden. Harden's dubious inclusion caught the attention of some members of the media:
James Harden is by far the most entertaining defender in the NBA, so maybe that's what the voters meant— Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp) June 2, 2014
I always enjoy the others receiving votes section. Among the highlights: James Harden received two votes for All Defensive team.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) June 2, 2014
James Harden apparently got two NBA All-Defensive team votes.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 2, 2014
Maybe Harden's getting an unfair shake here, so I'll let you watch some of Harden's defensive highlights this season and judge his prowess for yourself:
You've seen the tape, now vote:
[polldaddy poll=8095492] UPDATE: We now know the identities of two media members who believe that James Harden is one of the 10 best players in the NBA. It's Kevin Calabro of ESPN Radio and Stephanie Ready of SportSouth. I might encourage both of these people to consult a poll and video above.