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Howard named NBA's Defensive Player of the Year

Reuters 21.04.2009 18:48
Cleveland Cavaliers Delonte West (L) has his shot blocked by Orlando Magics Dwight Howard (R) during the first quarter of thier NBA game in Cleveland, March 17, 2009.

Cleveland Cavaliers Delonte West (L) has his shot blocked by Orlando Magics Dwight Howard (R) during the first quarter of thier NBA game in Cleveland, March 17, 2009.


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was named defensive player of the year by the NBA on Tuesday.



The 23-year-old Howard led the NBA in rebounding with 13.8 per game and blocked shots, 2.9 per game, as he helped the Magic to third place in the Eastern Conference.

The three-times All Star finished ahead of Cleveland's LeBron James and Miami's Dwyane Wade in the results based on the votes of 111 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada, the NBA said on their website ( www.nba.com ).


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