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.'”
Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard Los Angeles Lakers Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma City Thunder Serge Ibaka
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