NOAH, IBAKA NAMED TO ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

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NEW YORK: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Oklahoma City shot-blocker Serge Ibaka were among five players named on Monday to the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Indiana forward Paul George, Golden State swingman Andre Iguodala and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul were also voted onto the select squad by a North American media panel. Noah, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, ranked sixth in the NBA with 11.3 rebounds a game and added 1.51 blocked shots and 1.24 steals a game. Paul led the NBA in steals for the fourth season in a row and sixth time in his career with 2.48 swipes a game, earning a place on the all-defensive team for the fourth time in his career. Ibaka, a Congolese-born Spaniard, ranked third in the NBA with 2.47 blocked shots a game. George ranked fifth in the NBA with 1.89 steals a game and was the only NBA player with 1.8 steals and at least 6.5 rebounds a game. Iguodala averaged 1.50 steals a game for Golden State, who finished 10th in points allowed in the NBA last season after placing 19th in the prior campaign.

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