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Mavericks' Shawn Marion gets no love: Not on any NBA defensive teams

Marion-unlvDespite repeated lobbying efforts from both team owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle to convince the NBA nation otherwise, Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion apparently isn't a good defender.

Never mind the fact that the league's defensive player of the year isn't even a first ballot all-league defensive player. What the what??!!!

The NBA released its all defensive teams today, and "Trix" didn't make either.

First Team
LeBron James, Heat
Dwight Howard, Magic
Serge Ibaka, Thunder
Chris Paul, Clippers
Tony Allen, Grizzlies

Second Team
Tyson Chandler, Knicks
Kevin Garnett, Celtics
Luol Deng, Bulls
Rajon Rondo, Celtics
Kobe Bryant, Lakers

The voting was completed by 30 head coaches, who could not pick players from their own team. This is the first time the league's defensive player of the year (Chandler) wasn't a first-team all-defensive player since 1995 when Dikembe Mutombo was a second-teamer.

As far as Marion? He was asked to guard as many as three positions per night and did it well. Apparently not well enough.


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Marion is good but he is a stretch to put on the second team. And he is old.


Marion is a good defensive player but I agree with the previous comment. Marion is good but he isn't as good as the players named. He is easily the best player on the Mavs but that isn't saying a whole lot.

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