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 NHL: Senators beat Blues, jump Flyers to take over 2nd wild card

Best of NHL: Senators beat Blues, jump Flyers to take over 2nd wild card

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone each scored twice to lead the Ottawa Senators over the St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Senators, who won their fourth straight at Scottrade Center for the first time in team history. Mike Condon made 19 saves.

Paul Stastny, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. Carter Hutton made 18 saves.

Stone's third goal in four games at the 2:35 mark of the third period was the winner. Exactly a minute after Steen tied it, Stone stole Jaden Schwartz's pass to score his 14th goal of the season, giving the Senators a 4-3 lead.

With the win, Ottawa is currently in possession of the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, leapfrogging the Flyers, who are idle this week (see full recap).

Stars hold on for 7-6 win over Rangers
NEW YORK -- The Dallas Stars gave up an early goal for the third straight game. However, this time they quickly bounced back, took two big leads and held on for a win.

Patrick Sharp scored twice, Jamie Benn and Patrick Eaves had a goal and two assists each and the Stars got a wild 7-6 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

Dallas fell behind just 27 seconds in as Derek Stepan scored on the Rangers' first shot. On Monday, the Stars gave up a goal 19 seconds into a 4-1 loss at Buffalo, and Minnesota scored 1:19 into a 5-4 win at Dallas on Saturday night.

In this one, the Stars rallied and led 4-1 and 7-3 before pulling out their third win in nine games (3-5-1) (see full recap).

Dubinsky scores twice as Jackets beat 'Canes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Brandon Dubinsky hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 9 at Detroit, a 17-game stretch during which he had chances but couldn't find the back of the net. The drought ended Tuesday night, maybe helping Columbus end a team-wide lull in the process.

Dubinsky scored in the second and third periods, Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist and the Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.

The Blue Jackets got their third win in seven games since ending a 16-game winning streak and pulled even with Washington atop the unforgiving Metropolitan Division.

"We wanted to reset for sure," Dubinsky said. "We haven't played that well, obviously, in the last six or so games. We wanted to get back to the way we play,” (see full recap).

Matthews caps 3-goal burst, Leafs top Sabres
TORONTO -- Auston Matthews, Leo Komarov and Matt Martin each scored in a nine-minute span in the second period and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 13 games.

Toronto came back after trailing 2-0 through 20 minutes, getting its first victory this season when behind after one period (1-8-1).

It wasn't all rosy for the Leafs, though. Top defenseman Morgan Rielly left after the first period with a lower-body injury.

Frederik Andersen made 24 saves for Toronto, and James van Riemsdyk also scored.

Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane and William Carrier each scored for Buffalo. Robin Lehner and Anders Nilsson allowed four goals combined on 32 shots (see full recap).

Best of NBA: DeRozan scores 36 as Raptors down Nets, 119-109

Best of NBA: DeRozan scores 36 as Raptors down Nets, 119-109

NEW YORK -- DeMar DeRozan had 36 points and 11 rebounds, Cory Joseph scored a career-high 33 and the Toronto Raptors beat the free-falling Brooklyn Nets 119-109 on Tuesday night.

Toronto won its fourth straight game and extended Brooklyn's losing streak to 11 in a row. The Nets have not won since Dec. 26.

Terrence Ross added 15 points for the Raptors, who opened the game with an 11-0 run but fell behind after the first quarter.

Brook Lopez had 28 points for the Nets. Caris LeVert and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 apiece.

Toronto took a 92-85 lead into the fourth quarter and never looked back. DeRozan led the way with 10 points in the third period, equaling LeVert's total in the quarter.

Lopez and Joseph each scored 14 in the second (see full story).

Mavericks edge Bulls, 99-98, for 3rd straight win on late Matthews' 3
CHICAGO -- Wesley Matthews made a go-ahead 3-pointer from the wing with 12 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 99-98 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Six players scored in double figures for the Mavericks, including all five starters. Harrison Barnes had 20 points, Seth Curry added 18 and Dirk Nowitzki finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Dallas trailed 98-96 after Jimmy Butler made a long jumper over Matthews with 23 seconds left, but Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle decided against a timeout and Deron Williams drove into the lane before kicking out to Matthews for the 3.

Chicago had one last chance, but Dwyane Wade missed a potential game-winning jumper from the corner on his 35th birthday as time expired (see full story).

Dragic scores 21 and Heat stun Rockets, 109-103, despite Harden's triple-double
MIAMI -- Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists, Wayne Ellington scored 18 off the bench and the Miami Heat overcame another triple-double from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Tuesday night.

Dion Waiters scored 17, Tyler Johnson had 16 and James Johnson added 15 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Harden had 40 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets (32-12), his 13th triple-double of the season. He shot 12 for 30 from the field and got his triple-double with an assist to Montrezl Harrell with 12.6 seconds left, an uncontested dunk with the Heat simply waiting for the clock to run out.

Harrell had 13 points for the Rockets, who got 12 from Patrick Beverley.

There were 19 ties and 15 lead changes in a game that was back-and-forth for 42 minutes, before the Heat finally took control (see full story).

Leonard's 34 points rally Spurs past Timberwolves, 122-114
SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a strong start by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 122-114 victory Tuesday night.

Leonard's fourth straight 30-point game helped him become the first San Antonio player to score 950 points in the season's first half since Tim Duncan in 2003.

Coming off a career-high 38 on Saturday against Phoenix in Mexico City, Leonard was 12 for 17 from the field.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting, spoiling Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau's 59th birthday.

San Antonio had difficulty with Minnesota's explosive starting lineup. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 21 points and 14 assists. Zach LaVine scored 18, Gorgui Dieng had 17 and Andrew Wiggins 10 (see full story).