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April 20, 2010

Howard repeats as DPOY

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 2:56 pm

In a less-than-surprising development, Orlando center Dwight Howard won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award today for the second straight season. Here’s how the voting went:

1. Dwight Howard, Orlando..........................576
2. Josh Smith, Atlanta.............................136
3. Gerald Wallace, Charlotte.......................113
4. LeBron James, Cleveland......................... 61
5. Rajon Rondo, Boston............................. 55
6. Ron Artest, Los Angeles Lakers.................. 29
7. Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee......................... 23
8. Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City.................. 20
9. Anderson Varejao, Cleveland..................... 18
10. (tie) Dwyane Wade, Miami....................... 13
10. (tie) Marcus Camby, Portland................... 13
12. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers................  9
13. Shawn Marion, Dallas...........................  8
14. Tim Duncan, San Antonio........................  7
15. Shane Battier, Houston.........................  5
16. Andrei Kirilenko, Utah.........................  4
17. (tie) Aaron Afflalo, Denver....................  1
17. (tie) David Lee, New York......................  1
17. (tie) Ben Wallace, Detroit.....................  1
17. (tie) Brendan Haywood, Washington..............  1
17. (tie) Matt Barnes, Orlando.....................  1
17. (tie) Kendrick Perkins, Boston.................  1
17. (tie) Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee......  1
17. (tie) Kenyon Martin, Denver....................  1

Just for the heck of it, here is the defensive leaderboard in NBAPET, according to dMULT. I list 22 because these were all the players to earn a +5 skill rating for defense this season. I’ve listed their finish in the voting at the end, where applicable.

1. howard,dwight_orl     .548 (1st)
2. durant,kevin_okl      .618 (--)
3. artest,ron_lal        .717 (6th)
4. james,lebron_cle      .721 (4th)
5. bryant,kobe_lal       .723 (12th)
6. bogut,andrew_mil      .733 (7th)
7. wade,dwyane_mia       .738 (10th)
8. delfino,carlos_mil    .781 (--)
9. garnett,kevin_bos     .791 (--)
10. kirilenko,andrei_uta .802 (16th)
11. deng,luol_chi        .812 (--)
12. varejao,anderson_cle .812 (9th)
13. odom,lamar_lal       .813 (--)
14. sefolosha,thabo_okl  .829 (8th)
15. williams,deron_uta   .831 (--)
16. stuckey,rodney_det   .835 (--)
17. nowitzki,dirk_dal    .837 (--)
18. rose,derrick_chi     .839 (--)
19. evans,tyreke_sac     .848 (--)
20. wallace,gerald_cha   .849 (3rd)
21. ginobili,manu_san    .850 (--)
22. horford,al_atl       .850 (--)

There is little doubt in my mind that Durant’s prowess on the offensive end, and that of his team, overshadowed his defensive work in the minds of voters that ignored him altogether. Also, Garnett–a fixture in the voting for this award–drew an undeserved goose egg. He missed 13 games this season, but that shouldn’t have been enough to lock him out of the voting. Josh Smith had a dMULT of .948, which slotted him as a +3 defender. That seems a little off but, overall, I like NBAPET’s list better than the results of the voters. Especially in the case of Rondo, who is a good rebounder and the best ball thief of in the league, but opposing point guards routinely put up good numbers against him. His dMULT was nevertheless a solid .918. Also, whoever listed David Lee needs to have their award-voting privileges revoked pronto.

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