Originally Posted by tmacattack33
1. The DPOY ended up on the second team because different people vote for the DPOY award.
2. Yes, there are two forward spots open on the team. And that is because there are two forward spot designations in the NBA (PF and SF) and so a forward competes with twice the amount of players than a center does. Not to mention that this is a historically weak time for centers.
3. Lebron was voted in as the second best defensive player (regardless of position) in the league by the GM's a few days ago.
So, Lebron certainly has an argument for the DPOY last year.
I am aware of that. Fact remains that Chandler would have been high on a lot of GM's lists, and higher than Lebron.
And while Lebron competes against more players than does Howard, the issue is the cream of the crop. If the two standouts are centers, then one will lose out. Patrick Ewing made the All-Defensive Team 3 times. That's it. Most of the forwards on the first team were not better than Ewing on defense. The fact is, being comparable at the forward slot will not cost you as much. Being comparable at the center spot will. So what I said applies.
And I never said Lebron didn't have a case. But the logic there was heavily flawed, to say the least.