Originally Posted by tgan3
Every year the DPOY award usually goes to big man. However, every basketball fan knows that the defensive skills for guarding the frontcourt and guarding the perimeter is totally different.
Tyson Chandler may be the reigning DPOY but put him on the perimeter and hes not going to be able to guard guys like Durant, Westbrook, Irving Etc..
So it make perfect sense to have a separate DPOY for perimeter players..
Well, he'll guard them when they drive to the basket (as that's his job as an interior defender). Some bigs are mobile defenders (Russell, Hakeem, etc.) and can go out to the perimeter, but without size/intimidating presence points/wings are limited in their ability to impact the game on that end. Some guys on the perimeter (Pippen, some feel the same about LeBron) can approximate the impact of a great defensive anchor, but they're few and far between.
I do think in some cases perimeter players should win, when there aren't any bigs of note in contention (this season, I think Gasol, Duncan, Noah are in a class of their own; after that, though I'd go with KG or a Hibbert, you can go with a non-big). The DPOY is kind of a flawed award though, in that it's voted for by the media.