Originally posted on Celtics Town  |  Last updated 5/2/12


The NBA announced today that Tyson Chandler won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Kevin Garnett finished fifth with two first-place votes and Avery Bradley garnered two third-place votes to earn a tie for 14th.

The full results of the voting follow courtesy of NBA.com:

2011-12 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results

PLAYERTEAM1st Place (5 Pts)2nd Place (3 Pts)3rd Place (1 pt)Total PointsTyson ChandlerNew York452511311Serge IbakaOklahoma City412417294Dwight HowardOrlando182327186LeBron JamesMiami71920112Kevin GarnettBoston29744Tony AllenMemphis43736Andre IguodalaPhiladelphia17733Shawn MarionDallas22117Luol DengChicago12516Josh SmithAtlanta0239Joakim NoahChicago0206Marc GasolMemphis0125Chris PaulL.A. Clippers0125Avery BradleyBoston0022Mike ConleyMemphis0022Grant HillPhoenix0022Iman ShumpertNew York0022Greg MonroeDetroit0011Dwyane WadeMiami0011Russell WestbrookOklahoma City0011

I can’t complain with the Chandler choice. He did a great job covering up his teammates’ mistakes and helping to change the defensive culture in New York.

But watching Kevin Garnett on a regular basis, it’s difficult to envision anyone having a bigger impact on a team’s defense. I’ve developed a strong belief that pick-and-roll coverage is the basis of any NBA defense, and KG does that as well as anyone in the NBA now and maybe ever. I can’t find the quote now, but Greg Stiemsma said earlier this season that Garnett’s never in the wrong position defensively and there’s nobody better from whom to learn.

Garnett didn’t win his second Defensive Player of the Year award, but the fact that he is 35 years old and still in the conversation for it is a victory in and of itself. At the beginning of the 2009-10 season, when Al Harrington, Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries took turns torturing Garnett, we thought he might be washed up.

Guess not.

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