Houston Rockets: Space City Scoop Round Table – Award Predictions, Part 2

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Mar 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Rockets defeated the Pelicans 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Q7: Does Dwight Howard enter the Defensive Player of the Year conversation? Who wins DPOY?

Andre: When healthy Dwight could (still) dominate defensively. So I’d say that’s a done deal. That being said, Rudy Gobert looked like a machine by the end of the year. It was ridiculous: he takes it. Draymond Green may as well get comfortable being the runner up.

Anthony: Howard enters the conversation but leaves either due to injury or not enough games played. I’m going to reach with this one and say Elfrid Payton.

Coty: I’m predicting this will be a phenomenal season for Dwight Howard. I believe that Howard will get back to a MVP caliber player. Which means, I’m picking Howard for Defensive player of the Year. It would be nice to see Howard becoming the third player in NBA history to win four Defensive Player of the Year awards. (Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace) With his blocking and rebounding abilities, Howard should always be in the conversation for DPY. If not Howard than my runner-up is Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol.

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  • Eric: If Howard is healthy and plays in enough games, I can see him entering the Defensive Player of the Year award conversation again. However, I think he will fall short and either Kawhi Leonard or Marc Gasol will win the award this season.

    John: Howard will not enter the conversation this season as his injury concerns and decline will keep him out of it. The conversation will again revolve are the guys who finished in the top 3 last season. Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan. I see DeAndre Jordan taking the crown this season. After the whole Dallas free agency fiasco, he’s going to have that extra motivation to prove he made the right choice.

    Joshua: Howard will enter the conversation, DeAndre Jordan wins it.

    Trey: Yes, I think he can enter that discussion with everyone healthy. I believe DeAndre Jordan wins the award with a ridiculous amount of blocks.

    Tamberlyn: I think Howard’s sole motivation is the title. As for DPOY I felt Draymond Green got robbed last season and it would take GSW finishing first in defense again to correct that slight. I’m also annoyed more guards don’t get their due respect in this category. Given how guard dominate the league is along with the sheer amount of beasts at the small/power forward position it naturally makes sense more guards/wing players should be considered. Something tells me if the Bucks have a good season all that length will spin out someone for DPOY consideration, though my guess is it’ll be a center: Gobert, Jordan, Gasol being the leading candidates.

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