2017 NBA top 4 defensive players of the year candidates

2017 NBA top 4 defensive player of the year candidates

The defense in NBA has been overlooked throughout the season because of the record breaking performances on the offensive side of the game. We are witnessing amazing offensive performances:

Russell Westbrook finished the regular season averaging more than 30 points per game and a triple-double, James Harden leads the league in points and assists, and a whopping 35 players are poised to pour in 20 or more points per game—which would be the most in NBA history.

Given all these historical performances, the following players have been chosen and ranked according to individual defensive prowess and team-wide impact. Here are your 2017 NBA top defensive players of the year candidates:

#4 Hassan Whiteside, Center, Miami Heat

hassan whitesideHassan Whiteside hasn’t been the same shot-blocker in the NBA this season compared to his 2015-16 campaign when he led the league with 3.7 blocks per game. But that doesn’t mean he’s been any less effective on defense.

He has held opponents to 47.1 percent shooting at the basket and grabbed an NBA-best 10.5 defensive rebounds per game while serving as the backbone of a Miami Heat defense that ranks e is sixth in efficiency.

#3 Rudy Gobert, Center, Utah Jazz 

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Rudy Gobert AKA The Eiffel Tower, a nickname that the 7 feet 2 inches french native earned in the NBA by making his presence known in the paint. He led the league in opponent field-goal percentage at the basket (minimum 4.0 attempts per game) during 2014-15 and 2015-16 while finishing among the top-four in blocks per game.

Led by Gobert’s defense, the Jazz secured the 5th seed in the Western conference and rank third-stingiest defense in the NBA.

He’s on pace for his first shot-blocking title (2.5 per game), ranks fifth in the Association in defensive rebounding (9.0 per game) and has the highest defensive real plus/minus rating around, per ESPN.

#2 Kawhi Leonard, small forward, San Antonio Spurs 

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Kawhi Leonard AKA the “GLOVE” due to his huge hands, fits the narrative of the perfect defender player; at 6′ foot 6 inches, 7 feet 3 inches wingspan, and can defend every position on a basketball court. Per Bleacher report “He’s the best defender on the league’s stingiest squad, with an impeccable track record to boot; he’s won the NBA’s award two years running”.

According to ESPN, he barely ranks among the top 25 at his own position, let alone the league, in defensive real plus-minus. Per NBA.com, the Spurs have allowed 8.3 fewer points per 100 possessions when Leonard’s sat out games compared to when he’s played. His Greatest attribute is the fact he is the best player on both sides of the ball in his team. He is arguably the greatest defensive specialist scorer in the NBA history. Not that anyone in the league is about to cut Leonard any slack for that.

“When we start calling two-way players, I don’t know when that became a big deal,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Bleacher Report when discussing Leonard’s MVP candidacy. “But all of a sudden, we’re now saying two-way players. It’s like, ‘Yeah, it’s basketball. You don’t get a huddle and get out on defense.

#1 Draymond Green, Power Forward/Center, Golden State Warriors

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Had the media voted on postseason awards prior to the All-Star break, Draymond Green would’ve been named Defensive Player of the Year. That’s according to an informal poll of 80 media members with postseason awards ballots conducted by ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Now, that the regular season has ended it is still tough to say who wins but one thing we are for sure; is that the trophy will come down to two players with great resume: Kawhi Leonard And Draymond Green. The past two years, Draymond Green has been a runner-up for defensive player of the year to Kawhi Leonard but this year might be the year for Draymond to triumph over Leonard because Lenard’s offensive performances are overshadowing is defense performances. Draymond Green ranks second in ESPN’s defensive real plus/minus (4.76) and seventh in opponent field-goal percentage (44.3) among volume basket protectors while leading the league in steals and standing among the top 15 in blocks.

Both of these two players deserve the DPOY award By dint of the NBA’s voting system—which assigns five points for a first-place vote, three for second place and one for third place—Green would’ve tallied 295 points, ahead of Rudy Gobert (193) and Kawhi Leonard (185).

Should that constituency hold over the next six weeks, (and when the other 50 voters have their say), Green would become the first player in Golden State Warriors history to win this award. This, after finishing as the runner-up to Leonard in each of the past two campaigns.

“I feel pretty good about what I’ve done defensively,” Green told Haynes. “I think there are some things I can get better at and continue to improve. But overall, I feel like I’ve been pretty good individually, and I think we’ve been good as a team.”

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3 Reasons why Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will repeat as the 2017 NBA champions!

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If there is one thing Lebron James has taught us the past seven years, is that we should never count his team out. It is understandable to see why the media frenzy has labeled the defending champions as the underdog in favor of the Golden State Warriors, the team with the best winning records the past 3 years. Lebron James and the Cavaliers shocked the basketball world last year by beating the Warriors, who was arguably the best team in NBA history, by winning 73 games out of 82 games in a single regular season, which was the most by any team in NBA history. That same summer the warriors acquire Kevin durant, which is arguably the 2nd best player in the NBA behind LeBron James. Everyone who is not a Cleveland fan believes that the warriors will win it all this year because of their loaded roster led by two MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant; all-star Klay Thomson, who is arguably the best shooter in NBA history and a do it all all-star in Draymond Green who is in the conversation for defensive player of the year. This team looks unbeatable on paper but here are my 3 reasons why LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavalierss will repeat as champions!

  1. The Curse of the East vs West conference

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We all know that when it comes to Playoffs in the NBA the eastern conference has been the weakest of both conferences for the past decade. The best team in the East AKA “any team that includes Lebron James” regardless of seeding, always seems to have an easier road in the NBA finals; which means we have a guaranty to witness Lebron James reach the NBA finals for seven years straight.

2. Matchups

who is the kingSports is all about Matchups, most people believe that the best team always win but I believe that the team with the best matchup win all the times; this has been proven throughout the years not just in basketball but in sports in general. In this year’s NBA playoffs according to Espn.com, the Warriors have a 3-1 chance to win the title, then Cleveland with 5-1 and San Antonio with 6-1. Assuming that the Warriors get out of the western conference, they do not match well versus the Cavaliers; Regardless of the coming out of the west, the Cavaliers will most likely beat them because those teams from the west will be worn down from playing better and faster teams with high volume scoring games.  3. C MJ

3. Chasing MJ

When it comes to individual accomplishment and player impact in the NBA, Lebron James is the closest player to Michael Jordan, who is the best NBA player of all time. Like Micheal Jordan, “The king” Lebron James, share some dominance NBA playoffs performances: Micheal Jordan is known for winning 3 championships in a row twice; without ever losing an NBA finals series when he managed to play in one and was the most valuable player (MVP) each time. Lebron James on the other side managed to appear on 6 straight NBA finals so far, doing so with two different teams going 3-6 while being the MVP every time. Lebron James by winning this year will accomplish 7 straight finals appearances, winning 4 out of 7 with 4-4 finals MVP.

 

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4 Reasons why Russell Westbrook​ is my MVP for the 2k17 NBA regular season

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Anybody who follows the National Basketball Association (NBA) can agree with me, that this year is arguably the best individual performances season of all time. After Last year first ever unanimous MVP campaign won by Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, I thought there will never be a greater season that 2016 season. A season in which so many records were broken; like the most wins by any team in NBA history in a single season (73/82 games), the records for most 3pts shots made by a player in a single season was broken by 125 more 3pts made, just to name a few. The 2017 NBA season proved to me again that in sports never said never. Kevin garnet put it best “Anything is Possible”.

This year’s season is even better, players like  HardenLebron who might the closest player to Micheal Jordan, Lennard, and my MVP Westbrook are taking individual performances to the next level. As we approaching the end of the regular season, these players above could be a winner of this year’s MVP. This race for MVP is the closest I have witnessed with my own eyes since I started watching Basketball; a case  can be made for all the players above but here are my 5 reasons why Westbrook is my MVP for the 2k17 NBA regular season:

  1.  He plays every game

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Westbrook is the only superstar in NBA who plays all 82 regular season games and averages 40 minutes a game out of 42minutes, which is insane. Most superstars take games off to rest but Westbrook never does and he plays every game with passion at 100 miles per hour. He is in my opinion the most exiting player to watch, and he plays above the rim with electrifying speed

2. He Carries his team to 6th seed in the playoffs

I know many of you would question why I make a big deal of the thunder being in 6th place but stay with me here. It is a big deal for Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to be the 6th because nobody expected them to even make the playoffs. Last summer the Thunder lost Their best player, regular season MVP winner Kevin Durant to the Warriors and all-star player Serge Ibaka during free agency. Given a depleted roster, Westbrook manages to carry his team to the 6th seed in the western conference which is the best/hardest conference to win games in.

3. He is a complete Player

He stands only 6′ 1″ 190 lb which by NBA standard is considered short, but he Plays like a giant; he blocks shots, dunks on people, and He plays hard for 40 minutes on both ends of the floor and makes players better around him. He is also a fun player to watch on the court and off the court

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4. Mr. Triple Doubles Machine

The title for reason #4 says it all. Has of today Russell Westbrook holds the record for most triple-doubles, 42 of them and counting in a single season. He broke the record this year which belonged to Oscar Robertson since 1962. He averages a total of 31.9 points, 10.7 assists, and 10.4 rebounds; This has never been done in modern basketball history.

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Who is your NBA regular season MVP and why?

 

 

 

 

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