Tyson Chandler, Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty)
In seemingly bizarre fashion, Tyson Chandler, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year was voted today by the league's coaches to the All-Defensive Second Team.
The entire first team is comprised of the Clippers' franchise point guard Chris Paul, Grizzlies' Tony Allen, Heat's Lebron James, Thunder's Serge Ibaka at forward and Dwight Howard of the Magic at center.
Chandler joins an All-Defensive second team with Boston's point guard, Rajon Rondo and forward Kevin Garnett, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant at shooting guard and Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng at small forward.
While the defensive teams are chosen by NBA coaches, the NBA Defensive Player of the year is selected by 124 U.S. and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters.
In the press conference that the Knicks held with league officials in New York to announce his award earlier this month, Chandler said, "I would like to thank my teammates because without their poor defense and letting people fly by them I wouldn’t get credit for stepping up."
Jeremy Lin, the Harvard-grad-turned-NBA-starter, said he was confused about the decision to name his teammate to the second team.