When you’re the winner of the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, one would assume that you’d, you know, make the All Defensive First Team. It only makes sense, right?
Well, that’s not the case.
After winning the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award a few weeks ago, Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol was left off of the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team which consists of LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and a tie between Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah.
Gasol wasn’t completely snubbed as he found himself on the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team along with Tim Duncan, Paul George, Avery Bradley and Mike Conley, though missing out on the first team does seem a bit questionable – especially after winning the league wide award.
Ironically enough, it’s the second year in a row where the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award winner didn’t make the All Defense First Team as it also happened to the New York Knicks‘ Tyson Chandler last year.
If you’re wondering about the disparity, the Defensive Player of the Year award is voting on by media, the teams by NBA coaches.