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Marcus Smart has won 2022 DPOY Award

Marcus Smart has won 2022 DPOY Award

Marcus Smart has won 2022 DPOY Award

Marcus Smart has won 2022 DPOY Award

The good news continues to roll for the Boston Celtics. First, they win in incredible fashion with the buzzer-beater. Now, one of their own wins an award. Smart was announced the winner 30 minutes or so ago, and it got the NBA World buzzing.

This is the first Defensive Player of the Year Award for Marcus Smart, and the first for a guard since Gary Payton back in the 1995-96 season.

Smart rankly highly amongst guards and all positions this season defensively. He ranked seventh in steals per game. That is significant when you know that the Celtics lead the in defensive rating and points allowed per game. Plus, he ranks fifth amongst all guards in defensive ratings.

His performance defensively earned him 37 first-place votes, that secured him the award. Mikal Bridges only got 22 first-place votes. Then, if anyone wanted to know about Rudy Gobert, he achieved 11 first-place votes. Smart was clearly the favorite and it has now been made official.

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