Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Put Your Award in the Bag

(Boulder-CO) In a complete robbery, Kevin Garnett has been named the Defensive Player of the Year over Marcus Camby after coming in a distant runner-up in both rebounds and blocked shots. In fact, Marcus Camby grabbed more DEFENSIVE rebounds per game than Garnett averaged in total and nearly tripled his average in blocked shots!

Head-to-head, Marcus Camby's averages of 13.1 rebounds (2nd in NBA), 3.6 blocks (1st in NBA; second consecutive year leading the league), and 1.06 steals (2nd in NBA of centers) seem to trump Kevin Garnett's averages of 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks.

The only logical reason for the snub is Camby plays on the defenseless Nuggets who allowed the second highest point per game average in the league, but then again, wasn't this honor awarded to the individual effort?

Vent here!


Amerikkka's Most Wanted said...

are you serious? Marcus Camby should never have been defensive player of the year last year. He's a stat-padder who doesn't play defense. He blocks shots and rebounds, and he's been doing much worse at both these things since the all-star break. He was the worst defender in the game against LA, as evidence by his -30 for the game. You give him way too much credit.

Nugg Doctor said...

I'll agree with you that Marcus was non-existent in the first game against L.A., but c'mon now... You don't really think that he shouldn't have won the DPOY last year, now do you?

Aren't all NBA players stat-padders to a certain extent?

And if we don't use stats to determine how a player performs in one realm or another then the folks who vote on this kind of thing really missed Yakhouba's defensive contributions this year!

Maybe the Yak was short changed!

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

ThaAnswer said...

Uhh...what is dude talking about ? He has one bad game and all the sudden he can't play D? We'd be in the sh*tter without him holding down the paint. The puppy love for the Lakers and Celtics continues.

Sean T said...

We both know that it is the Nuggets complete lack of D as a team that cost Camby this accolade. The people who vote just wont give the award to a player on a team that on average gave up well over 100 pts/game.

Nugg Doctor said...

agreed there, sean t. It's just a shame that an individual who deserved the award was negated by a decision against his team, and their lack of discipline on the defensive end.

Thanks for reading,

The Nugg Doctor

C Now said...

Big men ran up huge games against the nuggets all year because Camby doesn't play post up Defense, he plays weak side help. which also him to get all rebounds and blocks. Everyone knows Camby is too fragile to play post-up D with the big boys. and that hole in the Nuggets D of not having a big man dominate the middle is why they're defense stunk all year. The Nuggets gave up 43 pts a game in the paint. When you take out fast break and 2nd chance points from the opponent avaerages, teams socred 60% of their points in the paint, that's not a very good argument for Camby as defensive player of the year

Amerikkka's Most Wanted said...

While camby not winning the award had something to do with denver, it also had to do with the fact that he is a bad defensive player. He fills the role on this team perfectly, but that doesn't change the fact that he is one of the worst man-to-man defenders in the league. Both Nene and Martin are better than him at guarding post players, and he's not even good at rotating. He's an overrated, one trick pony.

Also, it's hard to be DPOY when you're not the best defender on your team, especially when that team is bad defensively. Martin, Nene, Diawara, and Carter are all better than him.