Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 12:30 pm  |  47 responses

Marc Gasol Named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year

No surprise here — the NBA confirmed that Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is the L’s top defender this season. The press release has the voting results: “Gasol received 212 of a possible 1,089 points, including 30 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Miami’s LeBron James (149 points, 18 first-place votes) and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka (122 points, 14 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received. Gasol, one of only six players to average at least 1.5 blocks (1.7 bpg) and 1.0 steals (1.0 spg), led a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league-low 88.7 ppg during the regular season. According to NBA.com/Stats, Gasol’s +5.4 score differential ranked second among NBA centers; additionally, Memphis enjoyed a +7.5 score differential when Gasol was on the court compared with -3.9 when he was on the bench.”

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  • Mariano

    Can`t believe Timmy wasn’t even top 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That Pau Gasol trade doesn’t look so bad now, does it?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    still suprised he won. hes very sloth like

  • i_ball

    Based on this he won’t even be All NBA Defense First team

  • http://twitter.com/SpitsGame BIG MELLZ
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    all-defensive teams are not voted on by the same people.

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  • macaroni

    Just give it to lebron.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    This just proves further that the media should have no input in the NBA’s awards.

    James in second… Ibaka in third… Where are Duncan and Allen in the top three?

  • playa

    leBron was second??Wowzers.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    Why even follow basketball?

  • macaroni

    Is marc gasol a better defender than lebron?

  • Guest


    Are you joking?

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara


    Are you joking? He isn’t allowed to hold his opponents’ shoulders while blocking them, but his defence is clearly superior.

  • macaroni

    Well I disagree.even though I haven’t watched that much Marc gasol this year. But the playoffs is when you play your best basketball so I’m gonna watch him more on D.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iannyb Ian Lesmond

    Hasnt for awhile bro..Kobe denounced it shortly afterwards

  • http://www.facebook.com/iannyb Ian Lesmond

    How do you propose..

  • LeroyShonuff

    This award resembles the NFL defensive player award how Pass Rushers always seem to dominate it like Bigs with this. Does Marc deserve heavy kudos for his outstanding help D, absolutely, but he isn’t even the best defender on his team. Also yes Avery did not play a full year but when he came back the Celtics jumped from low 20′s to top 5. That’s impact. Sad that only three perimeter players have ever won it and the greatest perimeter player (Pippen) never did.

  • Dagger

    Gasol is not a better defender, but he shoulders a bigger defensive responsibility than Lebron on a minute-by-minute, game-to-game basis. He absolutely deserves the award. It’s not as if Lebron is playing 40 minutes of D on Melo, Durant or Kobe, is it?

  • Guest

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    Executives, coaches, and players vote for everything.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    Isn’t it a joke?

  • spit hot fiyah

    at least luke babbit is not on that list

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    19/11.5/3.5: Would you have guessed that those are Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s combined numbers for the series?

    NBK already provided a link to a thorough analysis which validates Gasol’s selection.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    My god… the hyperbole!

  • Dagger

    Yeah, because those GM surveys and player polls always get it right . . . .

  • bike

    Dwight’s like 14th on that list…WTF????

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    You think the media knows better than the actual components of the League? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Well deserved but LeBron and Ibaka shouldn’t be 2nd and 3rd respectively…Duncan, Noah and George were all better defensively.

  • macaroni

    That’s pretty impressive but I put that more on the officials and there calls. And deandre Jordan isn’t really an offensive threat.and let’s not act like he’s playing greatest centers every night because he’s not. Marc gasol is valuable but there team is tailor made for defense.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    “That’s pretty impressive but I put that more on the officials and there calls.”

    Of course you do.

    “… and let’s not act like he’s playing greatest centers every night because he’s not. Marc gasol is valuable but there team is tailor made for defense.”

    He’s also the primary defender of opposing power forwards to spare Randolph some energy for the block on offence. Not to mention his lane coverage, which both expels dozens of potential drives each game and renders passes to cutters and post-screen curlers irrelevant because of his positioning/awareness.

    As for Memphis being a good defensive team… well, you cater to your greatest players’ strengths. Marc Gasol is their best player who happens to be an exceptional defender and so the team follows thus.


    To address your opening sentence’s hypocrisy: James wasn’t called for a single foul for six consecutive games this season, but I suppose that’s merely a by-product of his overwhelming defence to you.

  • macaroni

    I’m only saying this because I live in Miami and I get to watch all of there games. And if I wasn’t mistaken lebron is capable and has proven he can guard four positions on the floor if not five.

    And lebrons fouls have nothing to do with the horrible foul calls that have been called in the last two game of the clipps series. And even in those six games do you think he would be called for enough fouls to put him in foul trouble throughout the game. No!
    Marc Gasol is not even the best defender on his own team in many peoples eyes bro wake up.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    James can guard four positions, but he can’t lock down four positions. He gets burnt by point guards and shooting guards, consistently. LBJ’s help defence is exceptional, obviously.

    Allen is the vanguard and Gasol is the anchor. The latter performs his job better than the former (and arguably with greater proficiency than any other player in the League). Hence, the award.

    The only other player who should have been considered, for the entirety of the season, was Tim Duncan. Having said that, Howard was far and away the best defensive player in the L during the second half of the season. He will resume his streak of DPOYs beginning next season.

  • teeth

    Well Lebron shut Derrick Rose down so I guess a matter of how much effort he puts into it, rather than an inability to guard point guards.

  • Conor


    Everyone is so quick to point out one six-game series from two seasons ago that he has never replicated?

    Why don’t you talk about that time Rajon Rondo dropped:20.96.911.31.90.0

  • Conor

    ^ 21ppg/7rpg/11apg/2spg

    Or the 2011 Playoffs-at-large? Or the 2010 Playoffs?

  • disagree

    Conflict of interest would hurt voting as well. Execs, coaches, and players have more to gain when an MVP 6th man, etc, are in their program. Voting should stay out of the hands of those directly affected by the results because those involved, even if subliminally, will make decisions that will somehow benefit them.

  • Guest

    Im totally doing this, i

  • i_ball

    The point was that the ranking is absurd. Anyway I didn’t know that.

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    when Coaches vote — totally different story.

  • Conor

    And the media’s beat writers, who follow individual teams for six-seven months don’t attain biases?

  • teeth

    It was one six game series that ROSE HIMSELF credited to Lebron so I guess you could include Rose in that everybody group. And as I said, it could be an issue of effort on the defensive end rather than inability. You’re a noted Lebron hater, so let me just state that being the best player in the league can be tiring when you produce at a high level on both ends of the court, and not just one. The fact that he proved he can actually do it when giving the effort kind of ends the argument. But you go ahead and try to debate. Nothing you say will change the fact that Lebron is the best all around player in the league, has been and will be for a while. His defense is part of the reason why, even though I’m saying he is a top 3 defender.

  • teeth

    He guarded pg’s throughout those playoffs? He’s a permanent pg defender? You’re a Kobe fan. You shouldn’t even have the gall to talk about defensive effort lmao.

  • http://twitter.com/conorklnohara Conor O’Hara

    2010: Rondo/Rose

    2011: Rondo/Kidd/Terry

    2012: Rondo

    It’s difficult to give maximum effort defensively when the rest of your team struggles to score 80 points without you. I guess it’s difficult for you to understand the term “compensation”.

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