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Bulls’ Luol Deng makes All-Defensive second team

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

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Updated: July 3, 2012 9:08AM

Bulls forward Luol Deng didn’t have the season he wanted to have.

His individual game suffered after he tore a ligament in his left wrist, and the Bulls’ chances of winning an NBA title all but ended when guard Derrick Rose tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

But Deng did achieve one goal he set for himself when he was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team Wednesday. Some believe the recognition was long overdue.

‘‘Luol Deng was very underrated last year,’’ former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said this season. ‘‘To not make the All-Defensive team, I thought was absurd.’’

Players got two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote from NBA coaches. Miami Heat forward Le-
Bron James (53 points), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (47), Magic center Dwight Howard (41), Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (35) and Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (33) made the first team.

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (29), Celtics center Kevin Garnett (26), Deng (20), Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (17) and New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (16) were on the second team.

Bulls center Joakim Noah got 14 points and Bulls forward Carlos Boozer one.

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