I am sure every one of you who has ever played a sport such as basketball, football, or baseball at some point in your lives have heard the old saying, “Defense wins championships.” And to an extent, this is a true statement.
Today the NBA announced their All Defensive Team. And wouldn’t you know all 5 players on the 1st team play on teams who made the playoffs. 4 of them play on teams that are still left in the playoffs. A coincidence, I think not. The players on the first team are as follows:
Dwight Howard-Magic (Defensive Player of the Year)
These guys are all five some of the premier players that the NBA has to offer today. This demonstrates that the NBA is not all about just scoring points. If you want recognition as one of the superstars in the game, you better D up. People accuse Kobe Bryant of playing lazy defense. Well I think you need to get your glasses out. The man has made the All Defensive Team five consecutive years. This is no fluke. Rondo and Wallace are both first timers. Rondo is a rising star as I talked about the other day. Wallace just had a career season and made his first All-Star Appearance. Then of course Dwight Howard is no stranger to this in that he is the Defensive Player of the Year for a change. This is also Lebron’s second time on the team. Go figure in both of these years, he has also secured the League’s MVP Award.
I will state this though. Playing defense in the NBA is much different from in the College forum. There is a different style of play in the League. There are way more scorers. Guys are bigger, stronger, and faster. Teams are playing a grueling 82 game schedule, not to mention a 2 month playoff journey for some. It is no easy task to play great defense night in and night out. All of these guys not only do it, but they also put up points.
So 4 of the 5 remain in the playoff hunt. It will be very interesting to see who ends up winning the title. Remember in the NBA, and especially in the playoffs, games are generally decided by one or two key possessions (other than the Magic game last night). So will the defense or offense execute in these crunch time situations?
Does defense win championships?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.