The NBA announced its All-Defensive First and Second Teams today, but the Milwaukee Bucks made scarcely a dent in the proceedings. Despite finishing third in the league in points allowed (92.7 per game) and fourth in defensive efficiency (102.5), the Bucks were largely ignored in the voting. Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the results.
Only Mbah a Moute and Andrew Bogut — both generally regarded as Milwaukee’s two best defenders — received votes. Luc received two second-place votes and Andrew got a single second-place nod. Bogut led the league in blocked shots per game in 2010-11 (2.6 bpg). Mbah a Moute often took the team’s most difficult matchup at forward and is widely regarded around the league as an up-and-coming elite defender.
Monday evening, Luc inquired on the voting process, specifically wanting to know who was the group making the vote (it’s the 30 NBA head coaches). Then early Tuesday morning, Mbah a Moute came out with a specific critique of one of the honorees.
While I agree with the sentiment that Mbah a Moute was severely underrated by this voting, he may have chosen the wrong defender to critique. Iguodala, when measured by advanced metrics, performed at an elite level — especially when playing the forward position. Mbah a Moute, by comparison, actually saw his opponents put up a higher average player efficiency rating than he did when playing at forward.
Interesingly enough, some trade speculation has targeted Iguodala as possible trade material. If the Bucks could somehow get the Sixers to take one of their high-end contracts (Salmons, Maggette) to balance out the salaries and make the trade possible, wouldn’t a low-cost Mbah a Moute (after he’s signed) have to be thrown in the deal, too?