Dwight Howard was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season yesterday. Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies came in 4th in voting behind Howard, Kevin Garnett and Tyson Chandler. Allen wondered on Twitter today what it would take for a hard-working guard like himself to win such an award since he actually has to guard people on a nightly basis.
Jus wondering!! D howard got defensive player of ther year!! What kind of players do he check all year!! At the center position? Tweet back (link)
I’m chilln,, I don’t want that award!! I jus wonder what do you have 2 do 2 get it!! (link)
Tony Allen had to guard skilled players on a nightly basis while Howard just got to hang out in the lane and wait for small people to dribble the basketball in his general direction. Of course, Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie is ready and willing to shit on Tony Allen’s argument.
Howard had to be the clear winner, as he led a terrible group of defensive teammates to a top three mark in defensive efficiency in 2010-11. The 25-year old stud managed 14.1 rebounds per game this year with 2.4 blocks and 1.4 steals. He led the NBA in Defensive Rating and Defensive Win Shares (Jon Barry: “Wha?”) for the third straight season, centers only manage an 11.8 PER against him (15 is the average; and PERs tend to inflate for good rebounders, so PER rankings for centers are usually surprisingly high), while still covering all angles as penetrating scorers dash past Jameer Nelson=, Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, J.J. Redick, and Jason Richardson.
Sorry Tony. Maybe next year.
[h/t: @TrueHoop, Image via Getty]