The NBA Defensive Player of the Year votes are in and the Miami Heat have been dealt their first loss of the offseason. Chicago Bullls center Joakim Noah was crowned the Defensive Player of the Year but the Heat were represented on the list by LeBron James — go figure.
James didn’t win but he managed to grab two first place votes and came in sixth place. Roy Hibbert, DeAndre Jordan, Serge Ibaka and Andre Iguodala all finished ahead of James in the final tally, along with the winner Noah.
But let’s be real, Heat fans do not care about individual awards and neither do their players. Sure, winning those individual awards are nice but the Heat are after a far more grander prize in their third straight title and that can’t be cancelled out by the loss of individual awards.
Plus, if there’s an individual award that James is more likely to win, it’s the MVP which he wouldn’t ever trade for a DPOY award.
Still, individual awards aside, the prize is the three-peat and all other accolades are merely bonus flare and nothing more.