This is starting to become quite redundant. Monday, Dwight Howard was award his third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award after another dominating season defensively. He led the NBA in double-doubles with 66, was second in the league with 14.1 rebounds per game, second in blocks at 2.38 per game, and anchored the Orlando Magic defense which was ranked fourth in points allowed per game (93.5).
Howard is the first player to ever win the award three consecutive times. Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon are tied for the most Defensive Player of The Year awards overall with 4 a piece.
I stated in an earlier article that at this point, the NBA is giving him the Defensive POY award as compensation for playing keep-away with the MVP award. He led the NBA in Dunks, Free throw attempts, Double-Doubles, times fouled, field goals made, and finished second in rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage. If this is not complete domination of the sport, what is? Without Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls are still a playoff team. The have great interior and perimeter defenders, a star in Carlos Boozer, and players to space the floor. Three Chicago Bulls players received votes for this years Defensive POY award (Noah, Deng, Bogans). Without Dwight, the Orlando Magic are left with a team full of slow, un-athletic, below average defenders. They would be the worst defensive team in the NBA and without Dwight down low to command double teams and open up the floor for Orlando’s shooters, they would be pretty bad on offense too.
Dwight is the most dominant player in the NBA today and I wouldn’t be surprised if he extended his Defensive POY streak to 6 or 7 consecutive seasons. I just hope that in the near future the voters recognize that his value is only limited by the size of the court and reward him with at least one MVP trophy.
Dwight Howard Speaks on Defensive POY Award, Series with Hawks
Complete 2010-2011 Defensive POY voting