DPOY: Murray vs. Smart

Someone please explain to me how Marcus Smart was named DPOY, and our guy Dejounte Murray wasn't even mentioned on the top-10 vote getter list. Boston, as a team, was a much better defensive team than the Spurs in '21-'22, but the award is an individual player award. I just don't see how this makes sense.

Murray - 21.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.1drpg, 9.2apg, 2.0spg, 0.3bpg, 34.48mpg

Smart - 12.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.2drpg, 5.9apg, 1.7spg, 0.3bpg, 32.20mpg

Nevermind the giant difference in scoring and assists between the 2 players (Murray accounts for at least 15.0 team points more than Smart per game)...just look at the defensive rebounding and total rebounding numbers. Factor in a NBA-leading 2.0 steals per game FOR A GUY NOT EVEN MENTIONED AS A TOP-10 DPOY CANDIDATE, and I think you'll scratch your head too.

Oh well, at least Murray is a finalist for Most Improved Player.

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