Dwight Howard Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Dwight Howard entered the NBA record books on Monday after he was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive year—a feat no one has ever achieved before.

The Orlando Magic center received 114 first-place votes to win by a landslide over the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, who received a total of 77 points. Howard, who is just one shy of the record for most Defensive POY awards shared by Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace, vowed to do even better next season after he was left out of the ballot by one voter. “It’s my job to keep it going. I’m going to try to do the best I can on the defensive end to dominate and to change the game. It definitely is a honor to be considered one of the best defensive players to play the game, and I’m still young. So hopefully, I can keep it up,” he said.

Howard averaged 14.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals this season while also leading the league for most double-doubles. The Magic, who are currently trailing 1-0 in their first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, also led the NBA in defensive rebounds during the regular season.