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Tyson Chandler wins Defensive Player of the Year. KG 5th

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KG went from being a shell of his former self and disintegrating before our very eyes to 5th in the Defensive Player of the Year voting.  

Tyson Chandler won the award, but Garnett got two first place votes, nine second place votes, and seven third place votes.  That's a hell of a turnaround from what we saw earlier in the season.  

Avery Bradley got two third place votes, which I find to be especially amazing considering his impact on this team and the league is relatively recent.  To have won over a couple of voters who thought only two people in the league played better defense than him is amazing.  

Congrats to Chandler, who was the first Knick to ever win the award.  The top 10 (via Jess Camerato):

  1. Tyson Chandler
  2. Serge Ibaka
  3. Dwight Howard
  4. LeBron James
  5. Kevin Garnett
  6. Tony Allen
  7. Andre Iguodala
  8. Shawn Marion
  9. Luol Deng
  10. Josh Smith


(voting stats per Chris Forsberg)

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  • RyanH

    Ibaka is always out of position and fouls/goaltends on half of those blocks. KG meant the most to his team and was part of the best defense in the league. Who the hell votes for this crap.

  • James Eisenman

    The same people who put Rondo on the list the last few years vote. At least they finally woke up and left him off the list. I don’t have to rage at the machine.

  • Ace-one

    Tyson Chandler wasn’t a bad choice, but I think KG deserved it more. Boston led the league in Defensive Rating (pts per 100 possessions)–which I think is the most important defensive stat–as well as Opp. FG% and Opp. 3PT%. KG was clearly the linchpin of the Celtics D, and he led the league in Individual Defensive Rating. All this while frequently playing out of position for the sake of his team.
    My vote for second would go to…oh hell, I’ll say it: Lebron James. Lebron was the best perimeter and open-court defender this year. KG was among the best interior/help defenders, best pick-and-roll defender, and quarterbacked the best D in the league.