Page last updated on Thu Nov 26 12:47:16 EST 2015
Thu, 25 Oct 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Dwight Howard had a big smile on his face a day after making his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he feels the sting of how things finished in Orlando when he thinks of his trophy shelf.

Howard was recognized as the best defender in the league as well as the best interior defender when announced the result of its annual survey of the league’s 30 general executives, but Howard still wants to find out why he isn’t the reigning Defensive Player of the Year. Betting lines

“I thought I should have won it last year, to be honest with you,” Howard told reporters. “I was a little bit upset about that.”

Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks was named the league’s DPOY last season, ending Howard’s 3-year run as the award winner. Chandler earned 45 first place votes and 311 total items to take home the trophy.

Thunder’ Serge Ibaka was 2nd with 41 first place votes and 294 points. Howard received just 18 first place votes and 186 points.

“I felt like I did my job to win it. I also feel like I didn’t because to the whole situation,” Howard said, referring to the uncertainty surrounding his future with the Magic and the distraction it became. “That played an element in it.”

The award was voted on by a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters all though the United States and Canada.

Howard averaged more rebounds (14.5 to 9.9) and blocks (2.2 to 1.4) per game than Chandler, but played in just 54 games due to his back injury. Chandler, who played in 62 games, was credited for turning around the Knicks’ team defense, helping N.Y rank among the league’s best in opponent turnovers per game (17.0, 2nd in the NBA), competitor field goal % (44.2 percent, 10th), and opponent scoring (94.7 points per game, 11th).

Howard, who announced his “whole body” was sore after filling up the box score with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks in 33 minutes in his 1st game as a Laker on Sunday, wants to win the award in L.A this season. Michael Cooper is the only Laker to be named Defensive Player of the Year, following the 1986-87 season.

“That’s the goal, that’s always the goal,” Howard said.

Defensive-minded Lakers coach Mike Brown described what makes Howard so effective on defense.

“First of all, his intelligence,” Brown said. “Second of all, his willingness to defend, and then you combine those 2 things with his size, his strength, his athleticism, his flexibility, agility, his power, explosiveness … I mean, all those things that you nor I have. All those things joined with the intelligence and the will and the need to be a great defender at that size makes him that. I mean, you think about Bill Russell — somebody that can dominate the game or change the game on that end of the floor. He can set the set the table defensively for your team like (Steve) Nash can do it offensively for your team.”

Howard stated that he is looking forward his defensive ingredients to the new group of players assembled in Los Angeles

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
FOOTBALL: 11/3/2015 - 2/7/2016
BASKETBALL 11/12/2015 - 12/14/2015
HOCKEY 11/12/2015 - 12/14/2015
RK Team
Carolina Panthers
Detroit Lions
Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina Panthers
Dallas Cowboys
NFLPhiladelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions09:30 AM PST
NFLCarolina Panthers vs Dallas Cowboys1:30 PM PST
College FootballSouth Florida vs Central Florida4:30 PM PST
College FootballTexas Tech vs Texas4:30 PM PST
NFLChicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers5:30 PM PST
College FootballMiami Florida vs Pittsburgh09:00 AM PST
College FootballNavy vs Houston09:00 AM PST
College FootballMissouri vs Arkansas11:30 AM PST
College FootballIowa vs Nebraska12:30 PM PST
College FootballWashington State vs Washington12:30 PM PST
NBABucks vs Magic4:05 PM PST
NBACavaliers vs Hornets4:05 PM PST
College FootballBaylor vs TCU4:30 PM PST
NBAHeat vs Knicks4:35 PM PST
NBAWizards vs Celtics4:35 PM PST
NBAPistons vs Thunder5:05 PM PST
NBA76ers vs Rockets5:05 PM PST
NBAHawks vs Grizzlies5:05 PM PST
NBABulls vs Pacers5:05 PM PST
NBASpurs vs Nuggets6:05 PM PST
NBAWarriors vs Suns6:35 PM PST
NBATimberwolves vs Kings7:05 PM PST
NBAPelicans vs Clippers7:35 PM PST
UFCDominique Steele vs Maestro Dong Hyun Kim02:00 AM PST
UFCJ Collier vs D Yang02:00 AM PST
UFCMike De La Torre vs Y Chul Nam02:00 AM PST
UFCLeo Kuntz vs TH Bang02:00 AM PST
UFCS Hee Ham vs Cortney Casey02:00 AM PST
UFCY Zhikui vs F Serrano02:00 AM PST
UFCM Beltran vs N Guangyou02:00 AM PST
UFCJorge Masvidal vs B Henderson05:00 AM PST
UFCDom Waters vs D H Kim05:00 AM PST
UFCA Mina vs Y Akiyama05:00 AM PST
UFCSam Sicilia vs Doo Ho Choi05:00 AM PST
NFLNew Orleans Saints vs Houston Texans10:00 AM PST
NFLMinnesota Vikings vs Atlanta Falcons10:00 AM PST
NFLSt. Louis Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals10:00 AM PST
NFLTampa Bay Buccaneers vs Indianapolis Colts10:00 AM PST
NFLNew York Giants vs Washington Redskins10:00 AM PST
NFLOakland Raiders vs Tennessee Titans10:00 AM PST
NFLBuffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs10:00 AM PST
NFLMiami Dolphins vs New York Jets10:00 AM PST
NFLSan Diego Chargers vs Jacksonville Jaguars10:00 AM PST
NFLArizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers1:05 PM PST
NFLPittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks1:25 PM PST
NFLNew England Patriots vs Denver Broncos5:30 PM PST
NFLBaltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns5:30 PM PST