Defensive Player of the Year
Sauping R. Arguello: DeAndre Jordan would be my candidate for defensive player of the year. Jordan is leading the league in total rebounds per game (13.4) and second in defensive rebounds per game (9.1). He is second in blocks per game (2.4) as well as being the defensive anchor for a Clippers team who aside for Paul and Barnes, depend mainly on him to erase several defensive lapses. My second choice would be the entire Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks as they play a team-defensive oriented system and lead the league in opponent ppg. Since we cannot give it to one specific player, Jordan gets the nod.
Keith Rivas: The boys of Detroit have been red-hot Pistons ever since letting go of Josh Smith and shipping him out to Houston. One of the things that has definitely blossomed in the mean time is the quality play and minutes put in by Andre Drummond.
While not on a great team, his situation is similar to that of Anthony Davis. He has elite ability, but without a supporting cast of some sort it is very hard to make more than small mention in the NBA. But with the Pistons right on track to eventually nab the eighth seed in the East, I would be very afraid going against the Pistons, especially in the first round.
Drummond is currently averaging just under thirteen rebounds per game and will continue to be the dominant glass presence the Pistons need if they ever want to get back to their glory days.
Bobby Bourhis: Davis is my favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year. In his best season yet, Davis is averaging almost 3 blocks per game and 2 steals per game. In addition, Davis adds just under 11 rebounds per game. Coming into the league Davis’ reputation was as a shot blocker. In just his third full season, Anthony Davis has established himself as one of the NBA’s best players, and certainly one of the best defenders.
Jeb Taylor: The defensive player of the year conversation shouldn’t even be a conversation. Anthony Davis is a shoe-in for this award. A potential MVP candidate, Davis has dominated on the offensive side of the ball, but has completely taken over while protecting the basket. He averages 2.88 blocks per game this year, a figure that leads the league. Throw in another 1.66 steals, which is second among power forwards, and you have a lock for the DPOY.
Davis is the next NBA great. His arsenal of post moves and his ability to finish on offense mask his true skill- defense. He is 6’10 with a 7’7 wingspan. The statistics only show a small portion of how great of a defender the Chicago-native really is. Every potential shot inside the paint is being altered, blocked, or not taken when number 23 is in the hole. Ant Davis’ DPOY campaign is indisputable- you might as well just give him the award now.