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Anthony Davis falls to Rudy Gobert in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting

Former Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis came up short for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award this evening.

Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert came out victorious, beating out Davis and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid in the process.

Reminder: Davis played in more games and averaged more minutes, points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals than Gobert this season. But who’s keeping track.

But Gobert received more points (193) for the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team than Davis (163), more First-Team votes (94 to 73), and won Defensive Player of the Year over him. Makes sense.

Davis is also a finalist for the MVP trophy tonight with LeBron James and James Harden, though he is not expected to come away with that award, either.

Nonetheless, congratulations to the former Kentucky big man on being named a finalist for both prestigious honors.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Anthony Davis falls to Rudy Gobert in NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting

  1. Kat4Life
    10:40 pm June 25, 2018 Permalink

    I freely admit I’m a homer, but AD deserved this award. I can see him missing out on the MVP, but he got hosed on this one.

  2. Underdog
    11:06 pm June 25, 2018 Permalink

    Where are the defensive stats for review?

    Mostly quoted are offensive stats, which are irrelevant.

    How about listing all the defensive metrics, or is that too much to ask??

    I have not watched either in the pros, but maybe just maybe the other guy has better defensive stats. But we don’t know and won’t know by reading this article because there are no stats to review.

    And by the way, it very well could be that there are some intangibles which played a key factor in the voting.

    • 3Goggles
      8:23 am June 26, 2018 Permalink

      Steals, Blocks and Rebounds are all considered defensive stats. With rebounds being a dual stat. Is there another stat you would like?

    • Underdog
      6:47 pm June 26, 2018 Permalink

      How about these stats:

      Opponent TEAM FG% (in the paint esp)

      Opponent Individual FG% (who was guarded by DPOY candidate)


      % of shots altered (and not blocked)

      +/- when in the game

      Perimeter Opponent FG% should be lower too if defenders can play tighter defense knowing that have an insurance policy in the paint.

      Intangibles such as a survey to players (who has a bigger impact on defense?).

      The point being this article omitted ALL of the relevant stats while quoting mostly irrelevant stats.

  3. DrewP
    9:39 am June 26, 2018 Permalink