DALLAS -- Tyson Chandler added to his third-place finish in the league's Defensive Player of the Year voting by earning a spot on the NBA All-Defense second team, the league announced Monday.
It's the first time in his 10-year career that Chandler has been named to the team, and he's just the second Mavs player to make the squad in franchise history. Derek Harper was named to the second team twice (1986-87 and 1989-90).
"It is an honor to be mentioned with some of the top defenders in the league," Chandler said. "I want to thank everyone who voted for me, but most of all I want to thank my teammates. They are the ones who make me look good and I couldn't do it without them."
Actually, Chandler has that reversed. His teammates would like to thank him. Chandler changed the defensive disposition of the Mavs this season and held players accountable. He was the anchor of a unit that ranked among the top 10 defenses in the league for the majority of the season.
Chandler finished the season averaging 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 27.8 minutes in 74 games. He was acquired by the Mavs on July 13, 2010 from the Charlotte Bobcats and spent the summer playing for Team USA at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
He quickly earned the starting center job and constantly reinforced the notion of lock-down defense, which helped Dallas bolt to a 24-5 record. He's continued his inspired defensive play in the postseason with solid play against Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
The Mavs have not allowed 100 points through 10 playoff games and five times held the opponent under 90 points.
"We understand that defense wins championships," Chandler said. "This is a team that has always had offensive firepower and if we can stop teams on the other end we have a great chance to win every game and make it easier on ourselves."