NBA Defensive Player Of The Year: Dwight Howard
The 2008-2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year is no other than Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. Howard received the league prestigious award present m Kia Motors. And its only fitting that award was sponsored by a car company as Howard definitely get going on defensive, and more often that even he a license should be required, based on his ability to drive the lane.
The 6’11 center leads the NBA in rebounds and blocks in the Regular season, averaging 13.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. With a 52 percent shooting from the floor and a 20.6 points average, Howard has led his team in scoring some 39 times in scoring and 69 times in the rebound column. Kia Motors will donate ether Borrego or Sedona to a local Orlando Day Nursery.
Howard became the fifth player in NBA history to finish the season leading the league in rebounding and blocks (1973-74 was the first season blocks were kept as an official statistic). The select group includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L.A. Lakers, 1975-76), Bill Walton (Portland Trail Blazers, 1976-77), Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston, 1989-90) and Ben Wallace (Detroit, 2001-02).
Howard received 542 points, including 105 first-place votes, from a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Cleveland’s LeBron James finished second with 148 points and Miami’s Dwayne Wade finished third with 90 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.
The 2008-09 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Kia Motors is part of a series of on-court performance awards called “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.” The series, currently in its second season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Most Improved Player, Sixth Man and Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards. It also includes the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the “The NBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors”