Peter Edmiston @peteredmiston Marcus Smart wins DPOY. Jaren Jackson Jr finishes 5th, garnering 10 first place votes. I’ll admit to being biased towards bigs winning DPOY, as I’ve talked about before, but Smart and Bridges are both amazing defensive players. No shade from me. Jaren fouls less, he’ll win it. pic.twitter.com/DyQihOgu0u – 7:13 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps ‘Tis awards season: NBA just announced Marcus Smart of Boston is defensive player of the year. First guard to win it since Gary Payton in mid-1990s Full disclosure: I had it Mikal Bridges, Smart, GIannis Antetokounmpo in what was tied with coach of the year for the hardest pick – 7:13 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams Marcus Smart is the first guard to win Defensive Player of the Year since Gary Payton in 1995-96. He is the 2nd Celtics player to win the award, joining Kevin Garnett in 2007-08 (award began in 1982-83). – 7:08 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov Can’t stop thinking about that last defensive possession by the Celtics. Tatum’s buzzer beater will be the highlight but that stop was a thing of beauty. Marcus Smart set the tone by getting physical right away. Boston sent the double early. Tatum did some hand fighting with KD. pic.twitter.com/wStWZ5Ewtd – 10:37 AM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA Maybe the people who say only guys who protect the rim should be in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation are right. They just forgot to include Marcus Smart as one of those guys. This lesson in verticality is going to appear on a lot of coaching tapes moving forward. pic.twitter.com/cjh8cFJZqo – 10:19 AM
Brad Townsend: Kidd: "A lot of people had this as a blowout. They were right. But they didn't have us as the winning team." Source: Twitter @townbrad What's the buzz on Twitter? Adam Spolane @ AdamSpolane We all laughed when Dallas hired Jason Kidd ...