CHICAGO – Derrick Rose was left off 120 ballots by the media folks who voted for the NBA’s 2011 Kia Defensive Player of the Year and no one in Chicago demanded an inquest. While Rose was early on his Most Valuable Player possibilities, the DPOY isn’t on his radar.
“Not yet,” he said.
Three of his teammates, though, did pick up votes. In fact, center Joakim Noah and shooting guard Keith Bogans each got one first-place vote, finishing 15th and 20th respectively. Forward Luol Deng came in 10th with 24 points (five second-place votes and nine thirds), placing ahead of Lakers star Kobe Bryant (18 points).
With Bogans, a 30-year-old journeyman who averaged 4.4 points on 40.4 percent shooting, most of the focus has been on his absence of offense. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is the defensive guru who trusts him with that starter’s role and thought the vote Bogans got was deserved.
“I don’t know why anyone would be surprised,” Thibodeau said. “To me, if you study the guy’s career, this is who he’s been. The guy’s done it for a long time and this is how he’s made his mark in this league. He’s a tough competitor. He’s a fierce defender. He’s played under some great coaches. You can count on Keith to play defense.”