Orlando's Dwight Howard Wins 2009-10 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Presented By Kia Motors | Magic Basketball

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Apr 20

Orlando’s Dwight Howard Wins 2009-10 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Presented By Kia Motors

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Via the Orlando Magic:

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the recipient of the 2009-10 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors, the NBA announced today, marking the second straight season the All-Star has earned the honor.

The 6-11 center became the first player to lead the league in rebounding and blocks (1973-74 was the first season blocks were kept as an official statistic) in consecutive seasons, averaging 13.2 rebounds and 2.78 blocks. Howard also paced the league in field goal percentage (.612), becoming the first player to lead the NBA in all three of those categories since the NBA started keeping blocked shots. He also became only the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding for at least three consecutive seasons.Howard recorded an NBA-high 64 double-doubles, including three 20-point/20-rebound efforts. [...]

Howard received 576 points, including 110 first-place votes, from a panel of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Atlanta’s Josh Smith finished second with 136 points and Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace finished third with 113 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.

UPDATE: Click here to view head coach Stan Van Gundy chime in on Dwight Howard and here to watch the press conference.

4 comments
Will
Will

Eddy, great point! Championship trumps ALL the awards!

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Will

No worries about the link. I don't mind people share links as long as it's relevant to the discussion. As for Howard winning the DPoY, I'm sure he's more concerned about winning a championship for the city of Orlando than winning the MVP. I get what you're saying, though.

@Billy (slickw143)

LeBron will eventually have the same issue, too.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I'm just glad that there wasn't some late-season push for someone besides Dwight just for the sake of giving it to someone else. The more he wins the award, the more he'll have to worry about that, unfortunately.

Will
Will

I think the DPOY award is a great award. . .I really do. But I think THIS year it is a consolation prize of sorts. I think Dwight deserves DYOP but I'm sure he'd love to sacrifice it for a little more MVP voting love. Dwight really became a leader this season. You had Lewis struggling, VC getting adapted, a weird shift of power forward starters (Bass, Anderson), an injured Jameer. . .etc. Howard kept it together.

Anyways, I'm sorry to pimp my own stuff on this site (and feel free to delete it I violated some kind of comment etiquette) but I wrote this article on my website about Dwight a few months back. Read and enjoy: http://secureimmaturity.com/?p=3456