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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 3:45 pm  |  59 responses

Dwight Howard Finds it ‘Funny’ He Finished 14th in Defensive Player of the Year Voting


The NBA’s DPOY award went to Marc Gasol this season. Dwight Howard, who has won it three times in his career, says it’s “funny” he finished 14th when the votes were tallied up. The Lakers big man also thinks Serge Ibaka was robbed. Per the LA Daily News: “A reporter just informed him that he finished 14th for the NBA’s defensive player of the year award, receiving one first-place vote and four third-place votes. [...] ‘It’s just funny,’ Howard said. ‘That’s okay. We got next year and I got a long time. This year’s funny.’ [...] Howard become the first player to win the NBA’s defensive player of the year through three consecutive seasons (2008-2011). ‘I didn’t know. I didn’t vote,’ Howard said. ‘I don’t know what to do about it. But it’s okay.’ [...] ‘Serge Ibaka with all the stuff he did this year, he should’ve been the guy to win it this year and last year,’ said Howard, though the award went last season to New York’s Tyson Chandler. ‘With the stuff he’s done on the defensive end. I thought he was the clear cut winner. But people saw it otherwise.’”

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  • Redd

    Ibaka was not robbed, lol Dwight’s an idiot.

  • Otis

    Kind of interesting that Dwight thinks Ibaka should have won, though. Perhaps he’s not quite the defensive savant everyone’s assumed he is

  • LakeShow

    Ibaka is not even a top 10 defender.
    Dwight was a top 5 defender for the 2nd half of the year, but was pretty awful the first half.

    This year it should have gone Noah, Gasol, Duncan imo. But I understand why Gasol won it.

  • Sin City

    Defensive Player of the Year, and you’re not all-defensive first team. I’m still laughing at that decision.

    ^Referring to Tyson Chandler last year.

  • Lloyd

    DPOY and leading the league in blocks are two different things.

  • Markus437

    Kinda sounds like he’s hatin on Marc Gasol a bit, possibly because he’s creeping up on the best centre in the league discussion..

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    One of the awards has to go to a white guy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.callihan1 Chris Callihan

    Agreed. Over-helps constantly and rotates terribly. Leaves teammates out to dry a lot.

  • Sergio

    Am I the only one who thinks that Howard, while being an awesome help defender, is not that good of a 1 on 1 defender? I see a lot of so so post players scoring on him, specially those with a jumper.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    The term is overused but it applies here. Dwight’s hating.

  • Matt

    I love Marc Gasol’s game but this should have gone to Paul George! He is versatile enough to guard multiple positions on the floor and tallies up a good number of steals (8th in the league at 1.8 per game), blocks (0.6 per game) and rebounds (7.6 of which 6.5 come on the defensive end). Not to mention the Pacers are the best perimeter defensive team in the NBA. He was 3rd in defensive rating (2 places higher than Marc Gasol) and leads the league in defensive win shares. I accept Marc Gasol got the award, but I stay a firm believer that Paul George deserved it.

  • LakeShow

    He has his moments against certain (slower) guys, but he makes his money on his help defense and shot blocking skills for sure.
    I’d rather have Kurt Thomas’ 1 on 1 defense over Dwights.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, Roy Hibbert was statistically as good as any Center in the league on that end. Him and George have equal claim to DPOY, which ultimately hurt each, equally.

  • LakeShow

    I like PG allot.
    I think he is a top 3 wing defender. With Tony Allen, Andre Iguadala and LeBron James being the only ones that I think can be as good as he is.
    He could have won it and I wouldn’t have been disappointed, but I feel other players anchored the defense better for their teams. (Noah, Duncan, Gasol)

  • shutup

    Been saying this forever. Clearest example is when Pau bust his arse in the finals.

  • russian guy

    In this NBA 1 on 1 defense on Centers is really not that important.Playing the PnR right,the ability to get farer away from the court,help defense,rotations and something you dont really get when watching on TV is giving instructions to teammates.I think all in all considerd,the best defensive players are Howard,Noah,Garnett,Gasol,Chandler,Duncan,Hibbert…maybe Sanders,in no order.

  • usman kara

    unbelievable that Ibaka lost again .i cant imagine that but something going

  • usman kara

    i can’t imagine that happened within NBA . IBAKA losing in 2 years consecutive. SMH…

  • Matt

    The same could be said about Tony Allen but he didnt hurt Marc Gasol’s chances. In my eyes they just didn’t want to give out DPOY to a guard, its been years since a non big man got DPOY. Also no way would voters let Paul George win DPOY and MIP in the same season, even if he was most deserved, do you know where he finished in the final voting?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Tony Allen played 26 minutes a game. Not 36.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh and I posted the final results on the Post Up, and on the DPOY page

  • LakeShow

    Pau was the most skilled post player in the L then.
    It doesn’t make Dwight a bad defender. He is just average 1 on 1. And way above average with help D.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Ibaka isnt even a good defender he’s only a good weakside shot blocker

  • danpowers

    people have to understand that dwight howard still has the mindset of a 14 year old. it shouldnt be too much of a suprise if he just took a calculator to add players’ steals and blocks per game to figure out who deserved it most. probably blocked shots equal defense for him. you guys shouldnt assume that he has hard feelings on gasol or chandler…

  • Lucentum

    Are you implying that Marc won the DPOY award because he is white?
    If that is so, you are dumb.

  • russian guy

    Chuck Hayes,nuff said

  • LakeShow

    True dat.

  • nike_head

    That is a legitimate argument with valid points to back it up. Don’t see that all often. Well done.

  • nike_head

    I would say there is only a handful of players in the League I would call good on ball defenders both perimeter and post. There are mostly guys who jump passing lanes and block weak side shots. Also, what russian guy said.

  • http://www.dzfoot.com/ Matt Harpring’s Haircut

    For most NBA groupies, that’s the definition of a good defender

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    that tyson thing was STUPID

    defensive player of the year and stil on defensive 2nd team?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he is latino!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i think joakim had a better denfensive year then ibaka

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    dwight is chilidish

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    Awww. Work harder next season, dude. Try to win more games and you will be taken into consideration.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    I googled Ibaka vs M. Gasol. And I stumbled upon this article:

    “Ibaka is a good defensive player, but it’s difficult to build a case he’s better than Gasol.

    The Thunder’s defensive rating was essentially the same with Ibaka on the court (99.0) as him off (99.5). The Grizzlies, on the other hand, sunk from sub-Ibaka levels without Gasol (102.2) to better-than-Ibaka heights with Gasol (95.4).

    Individually, Ibaka ranked 196th in points allowed per play, according to MySynergySports. Gasol ranked 29th.

    Those numbers can be very noisy, but one type of play that tends to more accurately reflect true production, post-ups, also gave a big advantage to Gasol – 21st to 128th.

    Plus, Gasol played 35 minutes per game to Ibaka’s 31, giving his team many more possessions with a high-end defensive player on the floor. That matters.”

    so is that why Marc won it all?

  • initbruv

    Not Latino.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Good thing they don’t get to vote for DPOY haha

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Do the same people vote? Maybe there was a difference of opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    spaniard* crybaby

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thats a question we need to investigate

  • JL

    I think it’s harder for guards to win if you look at overall impact. The center has to guard his man, the area under the basket, and any guards who might be driving there (ok i Know the last two overlapped some). Guards just take care of the wings. They switch, but they don’t help out on shooters as much since that would mean leaving their guy open.

  • initbruv

    lol just sayin…

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Are you serious? Wow lmao

  • Markus437

    Very much so

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hah its all good

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    are YOU serious?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    agreed

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No. DPOY is media. Defensive teams are coaches.

  • shutup

    Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph; in the post were better so was Bynum when healthy; Tim Duncan on some nights; and Lamarcus Aldridge, and Chris Bosh both played the same type of “post” game Pau had, what do all these men have in common? Dwight can’t guard any of them effectively without help.

  • OneStep

    You can’t win any awards if you spend huge stretches of games sat on the bench with foul trouble. Admittedly some of the fouls called on you are completely bogus and simply penalising you for being stronger than your opponent, but you still have to be on court to affect the game.
    On the subject of fouls, why does the league persist in penalising strong players but assisting quick ones? It’s okay to beat your opponent with speed but not with strength? Yet the strong player can be hacked to kingdom come with little called whilst the quick merely have to be touched and the whistle is blown. A couple of calls on Howard in last night’s game that sent him to the bench were ridiculous. The problem is made worse by players looking for the contact and overreacting to draw attention to it and the refs continually fall for it. No wonder he gets T-ed up so often. I’d be pretty hacked off too in his situation.

  • http://twitter.com/vannshy vannshy
  • LP

    Blake griffin is the clear cut favorite for next year…

  • LakeShow

    No, no, no, no, no, no.

    Pau Gasol was the most skilled and effective PF when he met Dwight.

    He had put up 19ppg on over 57% FG’s over those years.

    He was much better than all those guys you just mentioned.
    Chris Bosh and Lamarcus Aldridge don’t even play in the post for starters.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Aldridge does. But he’s not better than Pau was in 2009. Nobody in the post was better than Pau in 2009. Especially once you factor in passing ability.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    come on bruh, that is so damn false.

  • LakeShow

    Sorry should have said majority of the time LA is not in the post.
    But yes, we agree Pau was the best in the post then.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean that’s true about Aldridge with stupid Terry Stotts’ offense. But he was more a post player than a face up player previously.

  • Matt

    Thanks mate, I come on here a lot but don’t comment really I just felt the need to this time.

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