For the first time in his 11-year career, Boston Celtics forward Al Horford has been honored for his defensive skills.

The solid veteran was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, Wednesday.

Horford played in 72 games for the C's, during the regular season, helping to poise a defense that led the NBA in defensive efficiency.

The 5-time all-star averaged 5.9 defensive rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.6 steals this season.