Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. His 2009-10 individual accolades highlight a year of accomplishments for the franchise that includes his 2010 NBA All-Star selection and first-ever playoff berth.
Joining Wallace on the All-Defensive First Team are fellow 2010 All-Stars Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, guard Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
The 6-7 Wallace finished ninth in the NBA in rebounds, tied for 14th in steals and 28th in blocked shots. He was the only player in the NBA this season to record at least 600 defensive rebounds, 100 steals and 80 blocks. There were five different players with at least 100 steals and 80 blocks (Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Denver’s Nene, Atlanta’s Josh Smith and Miami’s Dwyane Wade were the others), but Wallace’s 612 defensive rebounds were 94 more than the next highest total of the five, which was Durant’s 518.
Charlotte ranked first in the NBA in opponent points allowed (93.8), while ranking sixth in opponent field goal percentage (.448) and second in opponent three-point percentage (.338). The Bobcats also ranked third in opponent turnovers (15.32), seventh in blocks (5.44) and eighth in steals (7.71). Additionally, the Bobcats held their opponents below 100 points a league-high 61 times, including 20 of the final 23 regular season games.
Wallace appeared in 76 games with averages of 18.2 points, a career-high 10.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.54 steals and 1.09 blocks in 41.0 minutes. He shot .484 from the field (456-943), .371 from beyond the three-point line (52-140) and .776 from the free-throw line (422-544). He recorded 36 games with double-figure rebounds, including a career-high 20 rebounds on two different occasions, with 33 double-doubles.
The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Wade, Smith, center Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, guard Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder and forward Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bobcats guards Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton were among other players receiving votes. ...........