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Marc Gasol Wins Defensive Player of the Year, Doesn't Make NBA All-Defensive First-Team?

Either the coaches are really stupid, or the media is really stupid, or they’re both really stupid.

Marc Gasol was the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.  And most thought that Gasol deserved to be the DPOY.  (Except for LeBron James and Serge Ibaka).  Even Zach Lowe has had a Marc Gasol-sized basketball man crush on Marc Gasol all year (see here and here).

So when the All-Defensive teams were voted on, you’d think that Marc Gasol would be a shoo-in for center on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, because you know, he was the FREAKIN’ 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.


Apparently, Marc Gasol is only good enough for the NBA All-Defensive Second team — and to boot, Tyson Chandler received twice as many points as he did.

Which brings me to the second confusing thing.  How in the name of holy dipshits does your 2013 Defensive Player of the Year receive the least amount of points of any player selected to the First or Second All-Defensive teams?  HOW? 

I mean, I love Avery Bradley, but how does Avery “I-just-got-eviscerated-by-Raymond-Felton” Bradley receive more votes than Marc Gasol?

Apparently, the Defensive Player of the Year is voted on by the media.  And the NBA All-Defensive Teams are voted on by the coaches.  Which means that either the media or the coaches (or both) need big fat signs handcrafted by Bill Engvall himself (see video below) that say “I’m really really stupid, and here’s my sign”.

And they should wear these signs until they vote on anything ever again.

Jae Bradley covers the Miami Heat for You can follow him @jaebradley.  

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