Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 at 1:10 pm  |  21 responses

Dwight Howard: Defensive Player of the Year

The Orlando Magic will announce that Dwight has won his second consecutive DPOY today. One gets the feeling this won’t be his last. From FanHouse: “In an announcement that will come as no surprise, the NBA will start its post-season awards recognition Tuesday by naming Magic center Dwight Howard the Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Howard, 24, led the NBA in blocked shots (2.78), rebounding (13.2) and field goal percentage (.612). It was the first time in NBA history that anyone has led in all three categories. It also was the first time anyone led in both blocked shots and rebounding for two consecutive seasons. The timing of the announcement – scheduled for 2 p.m. today — certainly was appropriate because Howard dominated defensively Sunday in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against the Charlotte Bobcats. He had nine blocked shots, just one shy of the single-game playoff record.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    Rightfully so.

  • The Philosopher

    Would have been a travesty had Howard not gotten that accolade. Truly a once in a generation defensive force.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Dwight and Lebron double up together. (Assuming Lebron wins MVP)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Orlando should just trade away all their players for Lebron.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I still disagree with this selection.

  • NBA kid

    Is there anyone in the next, say 3-5 years who’s gonna challenge him for it?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    LeBron could win it if he really wanted to…

  • riggs

    umm lebron had a chance to win it this season…he didnt.

  • http://joe_c_jr@att.net Joe

    @NBA kid — that was exactly what I was thinking. With DPOY and MVP on lock for the forseeable future, it kind of takes the fun out of it. Whether it is right or not, this award is his to lose going in to each year.

  • Ben

    When you say he was the first in the league to lead in those 3 categories, you have to mention that they didn’t count blocks before otherwise, Wilt would’ve had many seasons like that + ppg leader.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Powerslave

    Well deserved, considering he’s very defensive about his offense, foul trouble, moving screens, and anything that reminds him of the fact that any player with his body can achieve more than he apparently wants to.

  • LA Huey

    I can see Dwight getting DPOY for the next few years without any challengers. LeBron, deserving or not, won’t win more than 3 straight MVPs.
    There’s too much media saltiness to give it to anyone more than that in this era when the MVP award is concerned. Wade, Durant, Melo will be “due”.

  • Joey E.

    im actually shocked LBJ didnt get 2nd place. I thought for sure he locked it up. glad he didnt though, he is not the 2nd best defender in the L…..or in this case, 4th. 1 Dwight, 2 Josh Smith, 3 Crash, 4 LeBron, 5 Rondo, 6 Artest, 7 Bogut

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Dwight earned it.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    who the eff gave thabo sefolosha first place votes? the only person who will challenge dwight is oden. and we know how that story will go.

  • Shem

    Congrats Dwight. He’s gonna have atleast 3 more when it’s all said and done. Truly a force to be reckon’ with

  • Rob

    @Myles Brown hey, James maybe didn’t say it but he probably thought it. I can’t picture him saying:” I could win a championship every year if I really wanted to” though. Mmmh actually I can. Now that’s funny!

  • Michael Scorn

    Just put an * next to every award for the next 5 years due to LeBron not carring to win it or not.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    if the rockets ever become contenders, shane battier will be in the running for DPOY. for now, congrats to dwight. well deserved. i was kinda nervous that lebron was going to get it based solely on those chase down blocks (and handful of which were clear goal tends).

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Yeah, there are a lot of stats that didn’t count until the ESPN age. Blocks is one of those that Wilt or Bill would’ve destroyed. Speaking of ESPN, I saw something so stupid: they were comparing Deron Williams or the Big O, and the masthead was “33 pts, 14 asts in a road playoff game”. I just hate how stats are so specialized to that ridiculous-ness.

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