Vote: Defensive Player of the Year
Believe it or not, we are halfway through another NBA season. Cast your vote on who is leading the pack.
Below are the midseason candidates for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Cast your vote in the poll on the left-hand side of the page and see how your votes compare to the rest of SportsNation.
CANDIDATES FOR NBA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Ron Artest
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS 37 .451 .381 5.5 2.8 15.9
"The Beast" is so intense he scares his teammates -- and camera operators, too. Nobody locks down perimeter players like Artest does, and he's fifth in the league in steals. And top ten in technical fouls.
Los Angeles Lakers
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS 24 17 .585 4 2nd 2nd
He's best known for his scoring ability, but this two-time All-Defensive Team member is just as active on the other end of the floor. He's fourth in the league in steals and, among shooting guards, third in the league in blocked shots.
San Antonio Spurs
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS G FG% FT% RPG APG PTS 40 .494 .689 12.4 3.4 23.5
"The Big Fundamental" is a coach's dream. He does everything well, and that holds true for his ability to guard both centers and power forwards. He leads the league in blocked shots and is third in rebounds.
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS G FG% 3P% RPG APG PTS 40 .470 .377 4.1 4.7 10.9
Anybody who saw the Western Conference finals last season knows Christie's offensive game is shaky. On defense, however, he ain't nothin' but a hound dog, with a league-leading 2.8 steals per game to lead the Kings' new emphasis on strong D.
2002-2003 SEASON STATISTICS G FG% FT% RPG APG PTS 38 .493 .454 15.1 1.6 6.5
Wallace is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and he's done nothing to change anyone's mind this year. He leads the league in rebounds by "8 Mile," and he's second in blocked shots. The award is his or Artest's to lose.
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