Andre Iguodala named All-Defensive Second Team

Andre Iguodala named All-Defensive Second Team

Well, at least somebody appreciates the guy. Philadelphia 76ers' forward Andre Iguodala has been named to the 2011 NBA All-Defensive Second Team.  The honor puts him in the company of Tony Allen (Memphis), Chris Paul (New Orleans), Tyson Chandler (Dallas) and Joakim Noah (Chicago) as one of the elite defenders in the game, according to a voting panel of all thirty NBA head coaches. Just sneaking on the list, Iguodala tied Noah for the fewest total points amongst those whom actually made the team. At the same time, he was so fortunate, and apparently talented, as to receive five bids for the First Team. Assuming we're giving the selection any weight, such an honor seems to imply that Andre Iguodala pales only in comparison to LeBron James as the best defensive small forward in the league.

Analysis, a tiny bit of recognition for Jrue Holiday, and the full list of the NBA All-Defensives after the jump…

Alright, is this list somewhat flawed? Yeah, probably. As our Sixers aficionado Andrew and I had the opportunity to briefly discuss, it's difficult to tell what kind of consideration actually goes into the voting. Indeed, it could be plausibly argued that certain members of this year's First Team have received the nod based more on a longstanding reputation, and less as a result of their play over the last 82 games of regular season ball. We see it as perfectly reasonable to treat subjective lists such as these with at least some skepticism.

Should Iggy have made the First Team? Should he have failed to make the list altogether? It's tough to say; but, the NBA coaches, who watch and prepare for all thirty teams every year, seem as qualified as any to make the pick.

The list's legitimacy aside, this will hopefully provide the Sixers a little extra leverage in any future attempt to deal Iguodala.  In such a scenario, there's some good news, and some not so good news. First, the good—there are plenty of teams, including some just recently eliminated from the playoffs, who could use a lock down defender.  While Sixers fans may lament his contract and inability to assume the role of a true #1, 'Dre's particular skill set could make him a wildly valuable commodity for other clubs.

The flip side, with the NBA headed for a lockout of its own, is that GMs will more than likely hold off any deals until a new CBA is in place.  The nature of that agreement figures to drastically depart from the current model, and could make shipping a contract like Iguodala's a bit more complicated. While it could actually free front offices to make deals with a greater level of ease, it could likewise do the opposite.  Consequently, Sixers fans may be in for more of the same waiting game when it comes to moving on from AI9.

Speaking of the future, Jrue Holiday has received a small bit of recognition himself.  The second-year point guard exactly one vote in the All-Defensive balloting. It should be noted that coaches are banned from voting for their own players. So, there's at least one coach out there besides Doug Collins who digs Jrue's work on the defensive end.

You will find the complete list of the 2011 NBA All-Defensive First and Second teams below. You can also find the names of every player to receive at least one vote here. The Sixers' season might be over, but at least we had the opportunity to watch two of the league's best perimeter defenders body up on each other in round one.

2010-2011 NBA-All Defensive First Team

  1. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
  2. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
  3. LeBron James, Miami Heat
  4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
  5. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

2010-2011 NBA-All Defensive Second Team

  1. Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
  2. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
  3. Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks
  4. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

A post shared by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on

There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.