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Kendrick Perkins: Serge Ibaka losing Defensive Player of the Year to Marc Gasol ‘don’t make any sense’

Apr 23, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

Serge Ibaka is exactly the type of player who would have won Defensive Player of the Year in previous seasons. He led the league in blocks per game, and a high mark in that stat is often a precursor to winning the award.

But, as voters have smartly considered more factors than basic stats like blocks per game, Marc Gasol will reportedly win.

That didn’t sit right with one of Ibaka’s teammates, Kendrick Perkins:

I’m not hating but the NBA just give awards away. Serge don’t get defensive player of the year. That don’t make any sense. SMMFH

Ibaka is a good defensive player, but it’s difficult to build a case he’s better than Gasol.

The Thunder’s defensive rating was essentially the same with Ibaka on the court (99.0) as him off (99.5). The Grizzlies, on the other hand, sunk from sub-Ibaka levels without Gasol (102.2) to better-than-Ibaka heights with Gasol (95.4).

Individually, Ibaka ranked 196th in points allowed per play, according to MySynergySports. Gasol ranked 29th.

Those numbers can be very noisy, but one type of play that tends to more accurately reflect true production, post-ups, also gave a big advantage to Gasol – 21st to 128th.

Plus, Gasol played 35 minutes per game to Ibaka’s 31, giving his team many more possessions with a high-end defensive player on the floor. That matters.

  1. yousuxxors - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    ibaka has the sexy stats but he doesn’t affect the entire floor like gasol chandler Garnett types do.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I guess Kendrick Perkins doesn’t watch a lot of basketball. Just because you are a good blind side defender and block shots doesn’t make you a great defensive player. When’s the last time Ibaka defended a jump shooter? He leaves a guy like Chris Bosh open all day.

  3. eventhorizon04 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Well put. Ibaka is a terrific young player, and at age 23, he’s nowhere close to hitting his peak.

    Due to his combination of footspeed, leaping ability, and sense of timing, he’s one of the best in the NBA at rotating over to provide help on drives to the basket, hence his impressive block-totals. However, that’s the only aspect of defense that the “blocks” stat measures.

    In terms of defending the guy he’s assigned to, he still has some room to improve. One reason why Brooks insists on playing Kendrick Perkins is Perkins’ low-post defense, and the stats above show why Brooks doesn’t feel comfortable trusting Ibaka to defend that play yet.

    However, I do think there’s a defensive player of the year award in Ibaka’s future – he’s only 23.

  4. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    This award is a joke anyway. Just take last year when the DPOY was on the 2nd team all defense.

  5. acdc363 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Perkins you my friend make no sense.

  6. broncobeta - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    He’s right that it doesn’t make sense that Gasol got it, but Ibaka was not the same guy he was last year.

    Tim Duncan or Iguodala made sense.

  7. bifford - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Here’s something that doesn’t make sense, Perkins’ contract!

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      yeah but that guy can lock down Kobe.
      hahahahahhahahahaha

  8. readysethike - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Dan Feldman, if possible i’d like to see a breakdown for why Gasol won over Ibaka. I don’t know where you find those specific stats you listed so i’d like to see a side by side comparison from all aspects when it comes to determining why Gasol won. Rebounds, Steals, etc.

  9. rdav29 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Said in perfect English

    • hbdbrowns33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      B-U-N-T in perfect cursive. Any more brain busters?

      • jolink653 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Rizzuto

  10. sportsnut101 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Perkins do something other then get real tough with refs. Like make impact in a game. I can’t wait to thunder trade u

    N gasol will be lucky to make all nba team 3 He’s ok but wasn’t better then Duncan or Ibaka or tony Allen who guards best players. Or iggy in Denver.

  11. nomorsacbball - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    now spell Rizzuto. lol!

  12. slumdog66 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    “I’m not hatin’ I’m just SMMFH”

  13. thomaskouns - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Racism exists on all sides but it too often appears that the only time NBA players go after each other is when the player isn’t African-American – Gasol and Linn.

    I can’t honestly believe fellow players would have spoken out against Linn’s contract had he been black which I had never heard happening before until Linn got his 3yr deal.

    • kinggw - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Its nice that you are able to make a broad accusation with absolutely no proof. Nobody cares about Lin’s race. He is an average player whose contract took some dollars out of a truly deserving player’s pocket a la Brian Cardinal.

      Ibaka’s comments had nothing to do with racism it had to do with fact. Gasol is a part of a good defensive team, he should not be defensive player of the year. The fact that guys like Feldman keep using advanced statistics to make their argument shows that there are holes in Gasol’s canidacy. Gasol may be a advanced stats superstar but he doesnt pass the smell test. Its the same reason PER is an overrated statistic. Gasol doesnt block or alter a lot of shots or rebound at a ridiculous rate. He just kind of stands in the paint and benefits from guys like Allen who make him look good. I still think Sanders should have been the guy.

      Next time your throwing out claims of racism at least have the decency to support your claim with facts.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        If you don’t think Gasol blocks and alters shots or change what the opposing team tries to do in the paint you need to watch more of him playing. He doesn’t do it by leaping out of the building, he does it by reading the play and anticipating better than any big in the game.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 24, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      how does Melo do it without Jeremy Lin, I don’t know.

  14. murkcity32 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Hard to say. Don’t recall anyone else black or of any race getting $25 mil off of 25 games. So know one to compare it to.

    • dirtyjerseysports - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Greg Oden

    • mytthor - Apr 24, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      That’s because black players in the NBA aren’t a novelty. Asian players are. Jeremy Lin can be a huge draw regardless of his actual talent level.

  15. jj871 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Before everyone jumps on Perking, understand that he’s sticking up for ‘his guy’ here. While he’s wrong, I get what he’s doing.

    Nevertheless, as a Thunder fan, I have no problem with Gasol winning. He was the best defensive player in the NBA this year and definitely deserved the award.

  16. murkcity32 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Oden was a 7 foot number 1 pick not a undrafted FA who was just cut the year prior. I like Lin just saying his situation was unprecedented and doesn’t compare to anyone else’s

    • borderline1988 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Jeremy Lin hasn’t been all that bad in Houston..averaged 13.5ppg and 6 apg. Not bad..and his shooting has been getting better. He could be a 15 and 8 guy within another year. Not an all-star but certainly a legitimate and reliable starter.
      Considering the average NBA salary is over $5 million, $8 million/year for Lin isn’t all that terrible. I could name 20 worse contracts just off the top of my head.

      • borderline1988 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        How about the Raptors signing Landry Fields for a similar contract? Now that was stupid…but for some reason, people have more of an issue with Jeremy Lin. I’d trade Landry Fields for Jeremy Lin in a heartbeat.

  17. eagles512 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    No problem with Gasol winning but still think Iguodala deserves more credit.

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