Garnett = Defensive Player of the Year
He maybe isn’t the best defender statswise this season, but what he did for his team is amazing. He formed a whole new mental approach to the game for all the other Boston Celtics. He taught them what it means to be a competitor, how to defend as a team, what it means to give everything you have even when it doesn’t matter, why it is important to block shots even when the whistle already blew and the shot wouldn’t count anyway…he gave a whole town hope. When I think back about this season, the first thing coming to my mind will be this great NBA commercial.
Just compare the Celtics stats of last season with this one.
Last Season / This Season
- Points allowed: 99.2 / 90.3
- Field goal PCT allowed: .468% / .419%
- 3-Pt PCT allowed: .354% / .316%
KG has the best defensive rating (for players and teams it is points allowed per 100 possessions) in the league and he is 3rd in defensive win shares.
I’m glad he got this award, because he really deserved it. His individual stats are down this year in most categories actually, but what he did for this team is incredible. Don’t forget that him getting the DPOY award means that his chance to win the MVP took a big hit. Only Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan won the DPOY and the MVP award the same year and KG didn’t have that kind of season.
If you want to read more about this award and see who got the news before ESPN: