The runner ups
Dwight Howard - The guy that has been a shoe in for this award for the better part of his career made strong push for this award towards the end of the season. His defense post All Star break has been stellar and, other than Kobe Bryant’s Space Jam level offense, has been the driving force behind the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff push. Howard also leads the NBA in rebounding. Unfortunately for D12 and the Lakers, his efforts weren't enough, the team was altogether pretty horrible on defense. He came into the season still recovering from off season back surgery. The poor shadow of himself that suited up in the first half of the season wasn’t the intimidating presence in the paint that we all were used to.
Marc Gasol - The anchor for the best defense in the league. He barks out defensive assignments from the lane and positions his teammates on the perimeter. Rey Moralde of thenolookpass.com champions him as the winner stating “Teams can’t score inside against Memphis, and he’s the reason.” True as it may be, I can’t choose an interior player for this prize if he doesn’t eliminate shots at the rim. Thus, I have to eliminate Pau’s little brother from the win.
Lebron James - What can’t this guy do? He’s the most versatile defender this league has seen. He disrupts point guards, chase down guys on the break and either blocks shots or causes them to miss, he locks down the opponents best wing player when the game is on the line, and now he’s even turned into an above average post defender... against real bigs on the block. He was almost my winner but...