Originally Posted by Mr.GOAT2408
LMAO at LeBron getting robbed of DPOY, he was a good defender for like 3-4 years but was never the best.
Now his defense is non-existent
He was good for like 6 seasons in total defensively. 2008 - 2013. Before that he was garbage. And after that he was even worse.
Didn’t start playing defense until the 2008 season. Not coincidentally after FIBA 2007 with Kobe’s influence did he start showing more effort on that end.
He was “very good” for exactly 3 seasons: 2011, 2012, and 2013 also not coincidentally when he was playing with another top 5 player and a top 5 PF. So, playing alongside other great offensive players to lower pressure on that end and very good defenders to assist on the other end as well.
Never thought he was great. Thought the argument for him being DPOY in 2013 was pretty ridiculous. A weak year for DPOY candidates in general. He’s never been particularly great on ball defender and he was essentially at his peak a free roaming / gambling 6’8 version of Iverson.
He’s overrated defensively due to chase down blocks that are admittedly highlight worthy.