Defensive Player of the Year – Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley are going to be going neck and neck at one another for this award. It’s hard to say who really deserves it, both men are so important and influential in this system. One doesn’t succeed without the other. Mobley can alter shots and get blocks, while Allen clogs the paint and out rebounds anyone and everyone. They are the perfect tandem.
The problem is, there has never been a tie for the award involving two teammates. Mostly because there’s never been a tie. Even the MVP has never had a tie before. The only award that has ever had a tie in the NBA that I’m aware of was the Rookie of the Year award. Even then, that only happened once that I remember.
So it’s likely that if either man wins it, it will be on their own and not as a tandem; even though they really should win it as a tandem. Not since the Steiner Brothers or The Road Warriors has a tag team been so imposing and dominant.
I’m going with Allen as he seems to be the glue guy in the defense. Plus, his ability to rebound is impressive and has him (hopefully) heading to his first All-Star Game. Though if you said Mobley was the pick, it wouldn’t be a hard thing to argue.