KG Defensive Player Of The Year

Not much of a shocker here, but Kevin Garnett has been voted the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. He is the first Celtic to receive the honor since its inception in 1982-83.

Garnett received 90 first place votes and 493 points overall. Nuggets big man, last year’s winner, and UMass product Marcus Camby was a distant second with 178 points.

Garnett averaged 9.2 rebounds (7.3 defensive), 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game, but his effect on the Celtics team defense cannot be measured in statistics. His incredible intensity on the court and in practice rubbed off on all of his teammates, especially the younger guys like Perkins, Powe, and Big Baby. Everyone went hard defensively on just about every play, and you can pretty much trace it back to KG. As a team, the Celtics held the opposition to 90.3 points per game, second in the league (just a fraction more than the Pistons).

According to the press release, “Kia Motors will donate a brand-new 2009 Kia Borrego seven-passenger SUV on behalf of Garnett to Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the cities’ organization supporting the same youth as Kevin’s “Big Ticket Challenge” program.”

-SI

KG Is Intense (photo courtesy AP)

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