Kawhi Leonard Just Became The First Wing In Over 30 Years To Win DPOY In Back-To-Back Seasons

04.18.16 2 years ago 3 Comments
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The San Antonio Spurs gave up the fewest points per possession in the 2015-16 season. So much so, their defense is just as mind-melting as Golden State’s offensive fireworks this year. It should be no surprise, then, that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, a major catalyst for this defensive effort, earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Year honors. (Clearly, the NBA took a page from Dime’s postseason awards.)

Here’s the full break down of the voting. Leonard gained most of the first-place votes, but Draymond Green was his biggest competition and by far the closest in total points:

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To be sure, Green had a legitimate case. Statistically, he was every bit as good, if not a little better, than Leonard. The main difference is that Green simply had more opportunities — far more, really — to show off his defensive chops. Leonard, to make a football comparison, was more of a shutdown corner type in which the opposing quarterback didn’t even throw to his side of the field. That’s why he’s #KawhiIsland is a thing (just like — Darrelle — #RevisIsland is in the NFL).

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