I don’t know what’s more surprising — the fact that a Pistons player received attention in this afternoon’s NBA All-Defensive team voting by the media.
Or the fact that James Harden, somehow — someway, received two votes from the media as one of the best defensive players in the game.
Yeah, that’s right.
The media we entrust to bring us the news and best views from across the association threw two votes to one of the worst on-ball defenders in the league. They gave props to the man that ended Houston’s season early by trying to grab the bull by the horns late in game six of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.
They gave two votes to a guy who has had more Shaqtin’ a Fool appearances than defensive highlights.
So, if anyone thinks that it’s funny that an interior player for a Pistons team that finished 29th in opponent’s two-point percentage received a vote from the media Monday, hold your horses.
Alongside the likes of Danny Granger, Monta Ellis, and David Lee is Pistons center Andre Drummond, who received one vote for the second team. Drummond finished tenth in the league in blocks per game, eighth in defensive rebounds and has really improved by turning his defense into transition points.
Drummond had a defensive rating of 104, which means he gave up 104 points per every 100 possessions.
Top vote getter Joakim Noah finished with a defensive rating of 95.4. Noah is joined on the first team with Paul George, Chris Paul, Serge Ibaka, and Andre Igudala. Featured on the second team are Heat guard LeBron James, Chicago forward Jimmy Butler, Houston guard Patrick Beverley, Indiana center Roy Hibbert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
Who got jobbed?
How about New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis, who defended two eyes with one brow this season, and finished first in the league in blocks per game. Also on the snub train is Tony Allen, who is one of the better on ball defenders in the league.
The Clipper’s DeAndre Jordan was the highest vote getter to to land on either the first or second team.
It’s unclear on whether the persons who voted for James Harden will be revoked of their media rights forever.