Leonard Wins Defensive POY, Anthony Davis Finishes Fourth
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis received 11 first place votes for NBA Defensive Player of the Year, finishing a distant 4th place for the award, which was earned by San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.
It was a tight race for the award, as Leonard narrowly beat out runner-up Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, and third place finisher DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Leonard, who led the NBA in steals, missed 18 games this season with various injuries, but still made a giant impact, helping San Antoinio finish the season with the third best defensive rating in the league.
Davis led the league in blocks, but still needs to improve areas of his defense, including help defense off pick and rolls.