Garnett finishes 5th in Defensive POY voting
Garnett earned 26 points with 2 first-place votes, 9 second-place votes, and 7 third-place votes. New York's Tyson Chandler won the award with 311 points (45 first-place votes), while Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka finished second at 294 points (41 first-place votes). Orlando's Dwight Howard (186 points) and Miami's LeBron James (112 points) joined Garnett in rounding out the top 5.
Celtics second-year guard Avery Bradley earned two third-place votes to finish tied for 14th place.
Garnett won the Defensive Player of the Year award during his first season in Boston in 2007-08. After moving to the center position in the second half of the year, Garnett played so well (atoning for early season struggles) that it seemed like he might garner more votes for Player of the Year (which makes it a bit surprising to see him slip to fifth and appearing on only 18 of the 121 ballots cast by sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada).
Celtics coach Doc Rivers finished fifth in the voting for Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Play Podcast Brendan Hall and Scott Barboza wrap up the 2013 football season and look ahead to the future with John Sarianides.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio discusses Cowboys-Redskins, Saints-Panthers, Greg Hardy's emergence, Patriots-Ravens and more.
Play Podcast NFL Films' Greg Cosell talks about the Ravens' improvement, the impact of Rob Gronkowski's injury, the Broncos' pass defense, whether Kirk Cousins is a better QB than Robert Griffin III and more.
Play Podcast Mark Schlereth talks about which outcomes could surprise him this weekend between the Patriots and Ravens. Why the Chiefs defense isn't as great as we thought it was, if Mike Shanahan could be throwing his final games in Washington and much more.
Play Podcast Ravens QB Joe Flacco talks about his health, Baltimore's win over the Lions, his team's four-game winning streak, preparing to face the Patriots, the keys to success in December and more.
Play Podcast Super Bowl XXXV champion Brian Billick dishes on Tom Coughlin's future with the Giants, the state of the NFC North, Patriots-Ravens and more.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Jeff Saturday dishes on what Peyton Manning is like, Patriots-Ravens, the Cowboys' game management during the Packers' comeback and more.
Play Podcast ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski weighs in on Packers-Cowboys, the scrutiny of Tony Romo, Marc Trestman's decision to start Jay Cutler, Patriots-Dolphins, the Chiefs' offense and more.