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Derick713
03-30-2009, 05:31 PM
Shaquille O'Neal never won Defensive Player of the Year even though he had seasons were he put up the same type of numbers as Dwight Howard. In some cases he put up even better numbers than Howard.

Dwayne Wade is the best shot blocking guard in the NBA and is 2nd in the NBA in Steals. He is 2nd among all shooting guards in rebounds and usual has to guard the other teams best player. Dwayne Wade is the first guard listed at 6'4 to have a 100 blocks in a season. D-Wade has become a lock-down defender and his stats back him up. D-Wade has more Blocks and Steals than LeBron and Kobe.

IndyRealist
03-30-2009, 05:38 PM
Stats matter very little for DPOY, it's seems like it's much more about reputation. Danny Granger's getting 1.5bpg from SF but that doesn't make him a great defender. Chris Paul leads the league in steals, but he's not considered a great defender. Chris Anderson is a shot blocking machine, but who would you rather have defending the paint, Anderson or Tim Duncan?

BALLER71
03-30-2009, 05:38 PM
Eh, steals are really overrated. He has made key defensive plays in situations where his team has needed him the most but, no.

Derick713
03-30-2009, 05:49 PM
Dwight Howard isn't doing anything special for his position. He's the Magicís only real big man in the paint. You expect him to put up double digit rebounds and average 2 or 3 Blocks.

D-Wade deserves DPY this year because he is the best defender. The MVP is about winning and not stats. Shouldn't the Defensive Player of the year be about the best defender? Has D-Wade not been the best defensive player by way of late game situations and stats? D-Wade is the only guard listed at 6í4 to even have a 100 blocks in a season. Heís won games on Defense.

Dwight doesn't have any competiton at center. D-Wade as plenty of competiton at shooting garud. The most blocks Kobe has ever had in a season was 67.

lakerboy
03-30-2009, 05:52 PM
Stats matter very little for DPOY, it's seems like it's much more about reputation. Danny Granger's getting 1.5bpg from SF but that doesn't make him a great defender. Chris Paul leads the league in steals, but he's not considered a great defender. Chris Anderson is a shot blocking machine, but who would you rather have defending the paint, Anderson or Tim Duncan?

Couldn't agree more.