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.
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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.