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Noah and Butler named to NBA All-Defensive Teams

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Joakim Noah, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, was the leading vote-getter in All-Defensive teams announced Monday by the NBA.

Noah received 105 First Team votes (223 points), makes his second consecutive appearance on the First Team. He ranked sixth in rebounding (11.3 rpg), 12th in blocks (1.51 bpg) and added 1.24 steals per game. Noah was just one of three players -- Detroit's Andre Drummond and New Orleans' Anthony Davis -- to average at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 block and 1.2 steals

Noah is joined by Indiana's Paul George, Oklahoma's Serge Ibaka, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul and Golden State's Andre Iguodala.

Jimmy Butler earned Second Team honors and picked up 29 First Team votes. Butler joins Miami's LeBron James, Houston's Patrick Beverley, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and Indiana's Roy Hibbert.

Behind both Butler's wing defense (1.9 steals per game) and Noah anchoring the middle, the Bulls held opponents to a .430 field goal percentage, which ranked second in the league behind the Indiana Pacers.

Both Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich received two First Team votes.

With Gibson not making either the First or Second Team, failing to hit a incentive bonus in his contract, the Bulls have an extra $250,000 in potential cap room this summer.


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