Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  17 responses

Dwight Howard to Be Named Defensive Player of the Year

by Marcel Mutoni

All indications in Orlando – big press conference set for this afternoon – are that Dwight Howard will hoist the Defensive Player of the Year award today. To the surprise, of course, of absolutely no one.

Howard was far and away the League’s best defender this season, and it appears as though he will be rewarded for his efforts.

Florida Today reports:

The Orlando Magic have scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference for today in which all-star center Dwight Howard is expected to be named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. Howard led the NBA in rebounds (13.8) and blocked shots (2.92) to become just the fifth player in league history to do so in the same season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976), Bill Walton (‘77), Hakeem Olajuwon (‘90) and Ben Wallace (‘02) are the only others to accomplish that feat in the same season.

Howard could become the youngest winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award in NBA history. Last season, he was the youngest rebounding ever and this season he became the youngest blocked shot champion ever at 23 years, 128 days.

I trust that this will not be the last DPOY award of his career.

And now, onto to more pressing matters….such as his teammates getting him the damn ball.

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  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    nobody got robbed. most boring award of the season

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I think we all knew DaHowitzer was going to win this and it’s well deserved…..but I’m more interested in who finishes second and third.

  • namik

    The picture with this is insane. Him and LeBron are on some other level athletically.

  • http://indianz.com R3Z

    Hmm best individual defender meeting a pretty cohesive defense in the first round of the Playoffs. Looks like it will come down to coaching,errrr. Looks like it will come down to who can make that last clutch shot.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    well duhh….

  • Superman Osman

    A man who double doubles with 10 blocks is all defensive in my book

  • cdef28

    I’m just glad Prince James didn’t get it

  • Si

    “Hisham Posted: Apr.21 at 10:06 am
    nobody got robbed. most boring award of the season”

    Yeah…defence is so overrated these days. Why bother playing it atall?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hisham’s post darted right over Si’s head.

  • Gumdrop

    I’m not sure he was “far and away” the leagues best defender, but okay.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    I think he’s far and away the league’s best defender… statistically. You could make a very good argument for a lot of other guys in terms of their actual, holistic defensive impact (Wade? Bron? Duncan? CP? KG?).

  • donlaker

    OK maybe he could use his skills to stop the sixers from going to the rim. just put the trophy
    in the paint and stand next to it while the other a.i dunks on you you and shaq need to lose this superman thing it aint working
    van gundy ? what next……

  • Jeter

    The award should go to Amare Stoudemire.

  • Kobe +1

    Damn i thought for sure antoine walker would finally get his due with this award…. maybe next year

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