Stealing Two Awards? Why LeBron James Is the NBA’s Defensive POTY

March 12th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
First off, let me just say that it's nearly impossible for me to write a solely objective article about LeBron James.

I've watched him play 82 games for nearly seven seasons, plus playoff games for the last four years. I've seen him make some of the most jaw-dropping plays I've ever witnessed (get it??).

In short, his development as a basketball player has coincided with my development as a fan and hoops junkie.

But over the last two years, it's been his growth and maturity on the defensive side of the ball that's led to him becoming the best player in the NBA. And this year, it's time the NBA writers and scribes give him his due and name him Defensive Player of the Year.

This has virtually nothing to do with the highlight plays that he makes on defense, whether it's his innate ability to jump passing lanes, leading to thunderous breakaway dunks, or his now-famous "chase-down blocks" (trademarked to you, Fred McLeod), where he perfectly times an opponent's lay-up attempt to seemingly jump over the rim and emphatically swat it off the glass.

While those plays are guaranteed to make the top ten on SportsCenter, they are mere ...

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