Originally posted by RYDER FAKIN That's what always bothers me when people say "T-Mac is the best in the game"...or Kobe for that matter. Playing strong defense AND being the "man" (or one of the Top Guys) for your team is becoming a lost art form. Pippen did it best - I still have never figured out why Jordan won all the Defensive Player awards.
I don't get it either. For some reason in the NBA (and in MLB too) really good offensive players win all the defensive awards too when they don't always deserve it. Out of the superstar offensive players in the NBA Shaq, Duncan, and Garnett are really the only great defensive players. Kobe makes first all defensive team every year when a guy like Doug Christie should be.
Playoff teams don't get lottery picks. The Nuggets were a playoff team and aren't going anywhere, unless Carmelo's being a year older and adding an All-Star forward while losing no one somehow makes a team worse.