Originally written on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 11/18/14
LeBron James was not too happy about coming in second to Marc Gasol in this season’s Defensive Player of the Year voting, and he shouldn’t be.“It sucks,” James stated simply. Gasol had a solid season, and served as the anchor on a very good defensive unit. However his season stats of 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game were underwhelming, and considering his defensive prowess is largely limited to patrolling the paint, it seems like Lebron’s versatility would have made him a more sound selection. "I guard everybody on the floor.  "I don't know if it's one player in NBA history that's guarded point guards through centers. “LeBron’s versatility argument is extremely valid. While Gasol was mainly tasked with sticking the opposing center and protecting the paint, which he did well, LeBron could be called upon to shut down the other team’s best player, whether that be perimeter or post. So basically LeBron needs the physical strength to bang down low with the League’s bigger bodies, but...
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