Mark Cuban: Shawn Marion Defensive Player of the Year Candidate

by February 15, 2012

Mark Cuban is on the campaign trail for Shawn Marion, claiming that the Dallas Mavericks forward should be getting a serious look for the NBA’s top defensive honor. From ESPN: “Good news, NBA officials: Mark Cuban has found another subject he’s deemed worthy of a crusade. Cuban can’t believe small forward Shawn Marion, the swiss-army knife of the Dallas Mavericks’ defense, has never earned all-defense team recognition and is determined to do everything within his power to end that streak in the Matrix’s 13th NBA season. Actually, Cuban won’t be satisfied unless Marion gets serious consideration as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. ‘It’s not a question if he’s first team,’ Cuban said during his pregame stairmaster workout Monday evening. ‘The only question is, outside of the center position like a Dwight Howard, is he Defensive Player of the Year? I mean, it’s hard to overlook how Dwight Howard plays defensively, but beyond that, who’s better? Name one.'”