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NBA All-Defensive Teams 2014: Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo earn votes

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Neither Magic guard came close to making the teams, but they at least distinguished themselves enough to garner some votes.

James Harden and Arron Afflalo
James Harden and Arron Afflalo
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Two Orlando Magic players received votes for the NBA's All-Defensive Teams, which selections the league announced Monday, but neither player came close to earning a spot on the First or Second Teams.

Rookie guard Victor Oladipo earned one First-Team vote and another Second-Team one, while veteran swingman Arron Afflalo received one vote for the Second Team. On the whole, the Magic tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers to own the league's 17th-best defense, allowing 104.8 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com/stats. That figure marks a solid improvement over the 106.7 mark they posted in the first year of their post-Dwight Howard rebuild.

Afflalo posted low steal (35) and block (three) totals in his 73 appearances, but certainly there's more to defense than raw statistics. He's carved out a reputation as a solid defender, mostly during his three seasons as a complementary player for the Denver Nuggets.

Oladipo, who shared 2013 Defensive Player of the Year honors with Jeff Withey following Oladipo's junior season at Indiana, averaged a combined 2.1 steals and blocks per game with Orlando.

More than 100 media members voted on the All-Defensive teams. Complete voting results for this honor and all others are available for public view at NBA.com/official.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George, Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala, Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka, and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah comprise the All-Defensive First Team.

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