Defensive player of the year has just been announced, and the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler will receive the hardware. He just beat out Serge Ibaka by 4 first place votes. Dwight Howard finishes third, and Lebron James finishes 4th.
This would be one of the tougher awards I feel to actually put together because how do you truly measure what a great defensive player is? Bruce Bowen was usually the benchmark for defense, but was he all stats with it? I think it was more of his ability to pressure the ball and really make guys earn their shots. So how does that come into play?
I don’t disagree with any of the choices that received some votes. I can’t say that I’ve really thought Chandler was that much of a defensive player, but winning this award tells me that. I’ve seen a bit of Ibaka and Howard play, and know those guys are always defending the paint, and you won’t want to come down the middle on them.
I think Lebron James doesn’t always get the credit for being a defensive player like he is. But with his size and strength, he can really muscle you on defense, and force you into bad shots. That would be a good comparison with Michael Jordan, as he usually was a great defender as well.
All good choices, and the voting showed what a close contest this was. Congratulations to Tyson Chandler. Now he needs to help his Knicks team play some defense on the Heat and make that a series.