Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is the recipient of Defensive Player Award this year. Garnett averaged team-high 9.2 rebounds to go along with 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals in his first season with the Celtics. He is second in the team in scoring with his 18.8 point average.
The 6-11 forward is a major factor in the success story of Boston. Garnett helped the the Celtics to achieve the league-best 66-16 regular season record. Celtics won only 24 games the previous season.
Garnett received 493 points from a panel of 124 sports writers and broadcasters in the US and Canada. Marcus Camby of the Denver Nuggets came in second and Shane Battier of Houston Rockets finished third.
“Any award you’re able to acquire in this league is a big deal. At the end of the day, it’s about winning.” Garnett said after winning the NBA Defensive Player Award.
A 12 year NBA veteran, Garnett has yet to capture his first NBA title and he just might get one this season with the Celtics. Boston leads the series 1-0 against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of playoffs.
Personally, I would have chosen Camby to win the award. But Kevin Garnett is not a bad choice for this award. He truly deserves this one for being the major catalyst in Boston. Josh Smith of the Hawks also deserves some credit for his tremendous defensive effort this season.
Oh, and before I forget, being a dirty player is different from being a defensive specialist, so people please stop throwing in Bruce Bowen‘s name.