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April 22, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) steals the ball from New Orleans Hornets power forward Jason Smith (14) and takes in down court in the second half of the game at the Staples Center. Clippers won 107-98. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Paul named to All-Defensive First Team

Chris Paul was not named the MVP after leading the Clippers to their best winning percentage in franchise history in only his first year on the team during a lockout shortened season, but he has been named the All-Defensive first team. He will likely add All-NBA 1st team soon to that list. Tony Parker would definitely be a candidate there too, but I believe Paul had more to carry on the Clippers and better stats this season. The Clippers are also not as deep and talented as the Spurs as was evidenced by the recent Playoff Series.

Also on the Defensive first team were LeBron James who garnered the most votes overall, as well as Dwight Howard, Serge Ibake (lead the league in blocks), and Tony Allen. The Second team includes Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng, Kevin Garnett, and Tyson Chandler. Some are puzzled how Tyson Chandler is the Defensive Player of the Year and not on the 1st team; the DPOY voting is done by the media however, and the All-Defensive teams are voted on by the 30 NBA coaches.

Chris Paul led the league in steals this year, and gave L.A. Clipper fans a glimpse of how bright their future the next few years looks. Both Blake Griffin and he hinted that the organization. GM Neil Oshley recently finished 3rd overall for the GM of the year award, but he is probably not complaining now that he has Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on the team. Paul reportedly called Oshley on midnight after their Game 4 sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, and talked about what the Clippers need to do to get better. What Chris Paul said in that conversation about Vinny Del Negro will no doubt have some weight when management is deciding whether to keep Del Negro or not

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