Most of us by now have heard that Paul Pierce has been doing some guest blogging for boston.com, the Boston Globe’s website. Pierce has written about anything from his rough beginning to his career to his opinion that he should be in this years three point contest.
It surprised me this morning to see that another NBA superstar, Dwight Howard, aka “Superman”, has done some guest writing of his own on ESPN.com. As some of you may remember, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year was Dwight Howard himself. Accordingly, he put together his own list of the top five defensive players in the league this year, from his point of view. Here is his top five:
1. Josh Smith, Hawks: He is a great shot-blocker, and to be a great defender you must be able to block shots. We played together in high school and AAU so I taught him how to be a great defender (chuckle).
2. Ron Artest, Lakers: He may be the best perimeter defender in the NBA. He also does an excellent job of protecting the paint.
3. Brendan Haywood, Wizards: Most people don’t realize that he is among the top four in the league in blocked shots this season. So he definitely should be up there.
4. Kendrick Perkins, Celtics: He is a really good low-post defender. He knows how to use his body to his advantage.
5. Dwight Howard, Magic: I just love playing defense. I love blocking shots and rebounding.
Two things really surprise me from this list. One being that he included himself (I’m kidding), and two being that he seemed to forget Gerald Wallace. Maybe he hasn’t seen him play enough, maybe it’s because he doesn’t beat and bang with the bigs as much as the guys on this list, or maybe he holds a grudge against him for some odd reason, whatever it is I just don’t get it.
The one thing I do appreciate in this list is the fact that he included Celtics big man, Kendrick Perkins. As all of us Celtics fans have come to realize, Perkins is one of, if not the best defensive big man in the game. In fact if I remember correctly he seems to have the number of the guy who ranked him in the #4 spot.
It’s about time Perkins gets some respect from his peers, epically when it is coming from a guy that has to try to score on him in four games a year. I will mention the fact that I think Perkins is a much better defender than Brendan Haywood, but heck that’s for another day. As for today, Perkins will get his shot to move up Dwight’s list by limiting him during tonight’s game in Orlando against the Magic.
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