Marcus Smart the top vote getter for guards in Defensive Player of the Year voting


Marcus Smart wasn't a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, but he was the top vote-getter among guards. 

Smart received four third-place votes, edging out Patrick Beverley as the only other guard to receive votes. Rudy Gobert received 65 first-place votes to take home his second straight DPOY Award.

In 2018-19, Smart averaged 1.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game while defending the opposing team's most dangerous perimeter threat. He also led the league in steal percentage (3.1), a statistic that estimates the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while he was on the floor. 

He was named to the All-Defensive First Team with Eric Bledsoe and DPOY finalists Paul George, Rudy Gobert and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 


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