How the voters picked it:
How I would have picked it:
To quote Dave D'Alessandro of the Newark Star-Ledger: "Battier got screwed."
And here's a serious case for Shawn Marion as defensive player of the year.
UPDATE: I am something of a fool here, because I neglected to account for the reality that you have to vote for two forwards, two guards, and a center. So my teams, with about 700 forwards, are not exactly apples to apples. Carlos e-mailed: "Many of the suggested 'teams' championed by writers, bloggers, your neighbors, the mail carrier, bartenders, etc. would not fit the NBA rules. If you look at the actual vote counts as posted on NBA.com, you'll notice that Ben Wallace (second team) actually has more points than two members on the first team, but Camby narrowly edged him for the center position. So that drops Big Ben to the second team. I'm not saying that the All-Defensive teams shouldn't be just the 10 best defensive players, regardless of position, but those are the NBA's rules for choosing the teams. I like your recommended teams and they would absolutely be shut-down units, but it looks like you have one guard, seven forwards and two centers in your selections. The glut of talented forwards is a big reason why there were some notable omissions -- e.g. Marion and Battier."