First off a little about the voting process, every coach votes for 10 guys (5 first team, 5 second team, 2 F, 1 C and 2 G for each). The coaches are not allowed to vote for guys on their own team, and a first team vote is worth 2 points and a second team vote is worth 1 point. The max number of points a player can get is 58, keep that in mind as we go forward. My first question is how do the top 2 defensive teams in the NBA (statistically speaking and agreement from most analysts) get a grand total of 4 out of 11 players on the Defensive teams? And on that note only 1 first team player? The Pacers (1) and Grizzlies (3) kept people from scoring, kept teams from taking high percentage shots, and are both in a position to possibly make the conference finals... and they get a grand total of 4 guys on the top teams? Am I the only one that thinks this is a little odd. The grizzlies have less of a complaint getting
Next, How does the guy who wins the NBA defensive player of the year (Media vote) not make the first team? I acknowledge that you have 2 different sets of voters here, but come on, if the guy was really the best defender, or in a class where he was in the media top 5 even, should he not get at least really close to the first team vote getter(s)? Gasol got a whopping 12 points, where both Noah and Chandler got 24 points. So the coaches don't think the "best" defender in the NBA is even in the top 2 in the NBA at his position... or in the top 15 in total points (other vote getters received more points than Gasol overall) ... well that's a little awkward for everybody isn't it.
Another question I have for the coaches is, what is going on at the center position. Hibbert finished 5th... let me say that again... 5th... in the voting of Centers of the NBA. Ahead of him, Tyson Chandler, who last I checked was getting MANHANDLED by Hibbert in the playoffs (supposedly the only time of the year guys actually try in the NBA)... clearly he is a defensive stalwart. Also ahead of Hibbert, you guessed it Dwight Howard... because you know... He had such a stellar year with the Lakers. Heck, Howard had 3 first team votes? Really? It really is a shame that big market, big name guys get so much respect because if we really stop and look at the tape they don't deserve it. LeBron James makes some very flashy defensive plays throughout the the season, I get that, but he takes possessions off a lot. When he wants to be, he is one of the top defenders in the NBA, but after getting shown up twice in Indiana against the Pacers by Paul George... Well all I can say is I hope Spolstra gave George a first team vote.
Back to the Pacers' snubs for just one more minute before I wrap up this post for good. The Pacers held teams to less than 80 points 18 times during the season... that is in over 20% of games, teams couldn't score what most teams scored in 3 quarters. These weren't just the bottom feeders of the league either, the Knicks (in NY), the Lakers (in LA), the Heat and Knicks (in In) in back to back games, and Milwaukee (in In)... all of which were playoff teams. They did it to Atlanta (in Atllanta) and Again to New York in the playoffs. Yet, the Pacers, as a team, recieved less points (36) in the All-Defensive teams honors than 4 of the first teamers (Allen, James, Paul, and Ibaka). But you know what, that doesn't matter. Because at the end of the day, the Pacers don't play for individual honors. They don't play to impress anybody else. They play to win, for each other, for the fans. The Pacers don't win pretty very often, they don't have a true star, but they don't any of that. BLUE COLLAR, GOLD SWAGGER! BEAT THE KNICKS!
-T.O. signing out