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Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler named to NBA All-Defensive teams

Bulls center Joakim Noah high fives guard Jimmy Butler after Butler's three-point basket ended first quarter Chicago Bulls vs. ClevelCavaliers

Bulls center Joakim Noah high fives guard Jimmy Butler after Butler's three-point basket ended the first quarter of the Chicago Bulls vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA gameTuesday February 26, 2013 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 2, 2014 9:46PM



The Bulls’ top offseason priority remains adding scoring by any means necessary.

As they showed again Monday, their defense is just fine.

Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler were named to the NBA All-Defensive teams. Noah, the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlined the first team with the most first-team votes (105). Butler was named to the second team with 29 first-team votes.

Even Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich received two first-team votes.

It was another feather in Noah’s cap for the 2013-14 season. Noah, who appeared in 80 of 82 regular-season games, ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3 per game) and 12th in blocks (1.51). He also averaged 1.24 steals. He was one of three players (joining the Pistons’ Andre Drummond and the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis) to average at least 10 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals. The Bulls held opponents to a .430 field-goal percentage, the second-best mark in the league.

What stood out with Noah was his versatility in coach Tom Thibodeau’s defense. At times, Noah guarded point guards on switches.

In April, he credited his defense to the work ethic he learned growing up and called any defensive accolades “team awards.’’

“This wouldn’t be possible without my boy Kirk Hinrich, an old man, picking up [the opposition] full-court,’’ Noah said.

The rest of the All-Defensive first team consisted of the Pacers’ Paul George, the Clippers’ Chris Paul, the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala.

Joining Butler on the second team were the Heat’s LeBron James, the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert.

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