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Dwight Howard named Defensive Player of Year. Again.

Apr 18, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks' Etan Thomas (36) during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Orlando, Fla AP

UPDATE 1:33 pm: It’s official, Dwight Howard has a three-peat as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

“I want to thank my teammates for allowing their men to get to the basket again, forcing me to block shots and pick up fouls, and sometimes technical fouls,” Howard joked at the press conference. Or half joked. Or maybe not joked at all.

Howard is the first player ever to win it three years in a row. He also got 114 of the 120 first place votes.

The rest of the voting: 2) Kevin Garnett; 3) Tyson Chandler; 4) Tony Allen; 5) Rajon Rondo; 6) Andrew Bogut; 7) Grant Hill; 8) Andre Iguodala; 9) LeBron James; 10) Luol Deng.

11:32 am: There’s a “major announcement” coming from the Orlando Magic at 1:30 pm Monday, following the team’s practice.

It has all the suspense of whether or not David Caruso will take off his glasses and deliver a cheesy line when they find the criminal on CSI:Miami.

Dwight Howard will be named Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight year, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

It’s well deserved. No player impacts the game defensively like Howard, who clogs the paint and allows the Magic defenders to be more aggressive out on the perimeter. What’s more, the Magic didn’t suffer a big defensive setback after their midseason trades to bring in weak defenders like Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas. That’s all Howard.  The Magic are 3 points per 100 possessions better on defense when Howard is on the floor, teams shoot 2 percent better when he sits and the Magic’s rebounding gets worse.

This likely will be the consolation prize for Howard, as Derrick Rose is almost certain to win the MVP, with Howard coming in second or third (LeBron James will be in the mix, too).

  1. dysraw1 - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    dwight howard despite popular opinion is the mvp,the kid was good real good. i just feel like the got jerked

    • hnirobert3 - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      My only issue with Howard is that sometimes he’s the most dominating player on the court and sometimes he’s not and it’s through disinterest or lack of effort. Rose may not have great numbers every game but he never leaves a game with you saying he didn’t give it his all.

  2. zblott - Apr 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    NBA Season Awards, including at least one person who feels Howard was the MVP:

  3. king3319 - Apr 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Dysraw1…I agree and disagree. Howard could be the MVP but as said earlier he doesn’t leave it all out on the court every night like Rose does. He no doubt changes the game defensively but as we all saw the other Rose led his team to a win and Howard even with 40+ didn’t

    • fanoredsox - Apr 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM

      What more could Howard have done to win the game. Basketball is a team sport and his team didn’t support him. I think the coach “Van Whiner” needs to go. I never understood bringing Arenas to the team. I mean if your team is a couple of years removed from being in the finals, why would you bring a cancer like Arenas to your team. I think they are making horrible staff choices and Howard is going to make a break for the door as soon as he can. His technical fouls will keep him from winning the MVP. He is a great talent but a bit of a baby at the same time. You have to blame Van Gundy for that as well. If he is the coach then the player should know that technicals are unacceptable.

  4. davidly - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Wow. Just wow. I mean, like, OMG!! Dwight Howard? ROTFLMAO&TUC* Sheesh!
    What about Skibby MaRoo!?

    *throwing up Cheetos

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