When he heard Thunder forward Serge Ibaka had just been named to the NBA All-Defensive first team on Wednesday, teammate Nazr Mohammed had a succinct and understated reaction.
"Like they say – 'Duh,'" Mohammed said with a smile. "If he wasn't, it would have been a travesty."
The 22-year-old Ibaka easily led the league in blocked shots with 241 this season – 106 more than runner-up DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Despite averaging just 27.2 minutes per game, Ibaka averaged 3.65 blocks.
"It's good first of all for myself and my teammates," Ibaka said of being selected. "It's something that will give me more confidence to keep working on my defense, to keep being aggressive and try to help my team. I want to thank all my team because Perk (center Kendrick Perkins) helped me a lot. If I have this mentality right now to be aggressive on defense, it's because of Perk. He helped me a lot. Nick (Collison) also, Nazr, all the guys. Like I said, it's about team."
Serge Ibaka on NBA All-Defensive first team is not a shocker
The Oklahoman | May 24