NEW YORK (AP) — Boston’s Marcus Smart is the primary guard in over a quarter-century to win the NBA defensive participant of the yr award.
NBA officers introduced the award on Tuesday. The final guard to win this honor was Seattle’s Gary Payton in 1995-96.
Smart helped the Celtics lead the NBA in defensive ranking and scoring protection (104.6) whereas holding opponents to a league-low field-goal share (.434) and 3-point share (.339). The 28-year-old ranked seventh within the NBA in steals per sport (1.68) and tied for sixth in whole steals (119).
Smart acquired 257 whole factors and earned 37 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Phoenix Suns ahead Mikal Bridges completed second with 202 factors and 22 first-place votes.
Utah Jazz heart Rudy Gobert, who had received the award in 2018, 2019 and 2021, completed third with 136 factors and 12 first-place votes.
Smart, who began every of the 71 regular-season video games he performed, tied for fourth in unfastened balls recovered (75) and tied for tenth in deflections (106) and expenses drawn (16). He had a career-high 3.2 defensive rebounds per sport.
Milwaukee Bucks ahead Giannis Antetokounmpo received defensive participant of the yr in 2020.
Players acquired 5 factors for every first-place vote, three for every second-place vote and one for every third-place vote.