Dwight Howard Upset Over Not Being Named Defensive Player of the Year
On Monday, NBA.com announced the results of its annual survey of the league’s 30 general managers. The results are pretty much what you would expect. LeBron James won in almost every category but in categories he couldn’t win, Kevin Love was voted best power forward (James somehow managed to grab some votes here as well), Chris Paul top point guard and Kobe Bryant best shooting guard. 17 seasons in and Bryant is still the top guy. Pretty impressive. Dwight Howard reclaimed his spot as top center in the league with over 93% of the votes.
Howard was also noted as the best defender in the league as well as the best interior defender. Even though, the GM’s recognize Howard’s defensive game, he wants to know why the panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada discontinued his reign as three time consecutive Defensive Player of the Year.
Howard told ESPN Los Angeles:
“I thought I should have won it last year, to be honest with you. I was a little bit upset about that.”
“I felt like I did my job to win it. I also feel like I didn’t because of the whole situation,” Howard said, apparently referring to the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Orlando Magic and the displeasure he experienced. “That played a factor in it.”
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who took the award home with 45 first-place votes and 311 total points.
When Chandler was asked if had any comments to defend himself, he simply smiled and said, “No, not at all.”
Howard received 18 first place votes and 186 points for the award.