Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is your 2013 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. According to this tally, Avery Bradley is the 12th best defender in the league.
cough… bull-sh*t… cough
While he did receive 2 first place ballots, Bradley appeared on just 5 of 121 ballots. Maybe he was penalized for missing 32 games this season. Or maybe the writers/analysts value flashy blocks and steals over intense on-the-ball defense. There should be a category for “suffocating defensive pressure that forces opposing players to beg you to stop.”
Bradley gets little respect from NBA officials so it’s not surprising the media would follow suit.
His day will come.