Defensive Player of the Year goes to...
The statistic that jumped out at me was that without Chandler on court, the Knicks gave away an extra 22.5 points so it showed his value to them. And he played over half the season under Mike D'Antoni which makes his achievement even greater.
Ibaka will surely have numerous other chances to be DPOY going forward and he has Perkins to anchor him so I don't begrudge Chaandler this award after well over a decade in the NBA.
"OKC is a middling to mediocre defensive team that doesn't keep teams from getting easy points, and hasgotten abused by frontcourts in the playoffs. Other than you liking Serge Ibaka, what is the big difference being made? If the team is giving up 42 points in the paint and another 18 at the line per game, and teams with scoring front courts can abuse him all the time, then you need to expound as to this difference you want to believe exists."
So your proof that Ibaka doesn't make a difference is the overall team defensive metrics alone? Philadelphia has a top 3-5 defense this year... that says nothing about Ibaka. I never said that shotblocking was the only way to play good defense.
As I said, Tyson Chandler was more deserving of the award, so obviously I don't think shot blocking is everything. Personally, Ibaka wouldn't be in my top 5 for defensive player of the year. I'm just saying that shot blocking is valuable.
Shot blocking is always seen as a great stat but it does not take into account where the ball ended up. Look at JaVale McGee, he blocks a load of shots but I'd hardly put him into consideration for DPOY unless it stood fopr Dumbest Player of the Year.
Great defence is man marking, changing the nature of shots you make the opponents take both inside and on the perimeter. If you have what I call the defensive anchor at C for example like Chandler, it can force the opposition to play away from the basket and then the perimeter defenders come into their own.
Small guys like CP3 or Rondo are great defenders, Avery Bradley has highlighed as a great defensive prospect and has started to live up to that role. Gerry Peyton was a backcourt player but one of the greatest defenders ever, people think defence and get this image of a 7 foot guy blocking shots but it is much more than that.