JaVale McGee Earns Votes For NBA Defensive Player Of The Year, For Some Reason

It's a known fact that people make very poor decisions sometimes voting on postseason awards in sports. It's rare, but it always seems to happen. For the most part, the people who voted for the 2011 NBA Defensive Player of the Year got it right, giving Orlando's Dwight Howard a landslide victory. 

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But then, there were still parts where they got it wrong. For example, JaVale McGee of the Wizards somehow managed to receive a second-place vote and two third-place votes for the award. Now, granted, McGee blocks a lot of shots, and that is a form of defense. But he also is a poor defensive rebounder, is always out of position, tries to block every shot at the expense of being in proper position and is foul-prone. He also is the best big man on one of the worst defensive teams in the league. 

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And yet, in three people's eyes, this was enough for him to merit DPOY consideration. I realize defense is hard to measure and that McGee is getting better, but c'mon.

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