How is the DPOY voting even relevant in an argument about defense? Chris Paul was also in the top 5.And Lebron was 2nd in the DPOY voting.
The writers who vote don't vote upon the best defenders...Otherwise we would have seen Bowen, Battier, etc. be in the top 5 for years, but they never were. IT IS A POPULARITY CONTEST. Essentially, the writers just vote for the best and most popular players.
Writer: "So who are you going to vote for DPOY?"
Writer#2: "I'm going to put Lebron, Wade, Kobe, and Chris Paul. They have such great stats as they all have a great PER and average over 20 PPG."
Writer: "We are just supposed to vote for defense though."
Writer#2: "Well, I live in St. Louis and don't have NBA League Pass so I don't see many games. I just vote for the best players in the game."
Writer: "Sounds cool. I will to."
^That is pretty much an exact conversation between two writers.