I’m sitting here thinking about this and trying to figure out if Leonard was the best defender this year. Statistically, Leonard had a great year. He had a year that was worthy of consideration. But what makes Green the better defensive player was his versatility in shutting down so many different players, going from point guard to center in his defensive assignments.
I know I am biased, but this is still a one that I can’t really put my finger on. This isn’t like one of those cases where the winner was a complete unworthy candidate. Leonard was a good candidate. But I can’t say he was the better defensive player. At least not in what kind of versatility he provides.
Even though Green received more first place votes, it’s the total amount of points received that makes the difference. But still, Leonard is a good choice to win the award. I just don’t think Green should have lost it. It’s disappointing but not one I can argue too much about with both candidates worthy of the award.