Few things get NBA fans as worked up as NBA award results.
It’s hard to blame them, though. Look at the NBA’s All-Defensive first and second teams that were announced today: Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler was headlining…the All-Defensive second team.
Yes, that’s right. The player who was given the award that goes to the single best defensive player in the entire league was not voted as the best defender at his position. Dwight Howard got that nod.
Before everyone freaks out, it’s important to remember that the DPOY voting is done by sports writers and broadcasters while the all-defensive teams are chosen by NBA coaches who pick a first and second team by position but cannot vote for their own players.
While it sounds ridiculous for the DPOY award winner to be on the second team, it shows that coaches still value and recognize the defense of three-time DPOY winner Howard more than the award-winning defense of Chandler this year.
While Chandler being left off of the first team is what will make headlines, perhaps even more telling is that James was the only player to appear on all 29 ballots. This means that each of the four other first team selections were left off of at least one ballot (in addition to their own coach’s ballot) entirely. It also shows how good James is and how highly NBA coaches think of him. Had they been given the opportunity to vote for DPOY, the winner would likely have been James.
Awards are always going to be subjective, but there’s got to be a way to improve upon this. Andre Iguodala not being on any All-Defensive team while Kobe Bryant makes another second team? Bryant’s a brilliant basketball player and one of the best to ever do it, but his appearance is one of respect rather than output.
This is how this award has always gone and I doubt it’s going to change anytime soon.
Let’s try to stop caring so much. It’s obvious that a lot of the people checking off the ballots don't.