All-Defensive Team picks

PER Diem: April 6, 2010

Updated: April 6, 2010, 3:15 PM ET
By John Hollinger |
Dwight HowardFernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesReigning Defensive Player of the Year, Dwight Howard, leads the league in blocks and boards again.

As a general rule, we don't pay nearly enough attention to defense. Pick a game, any game, and the first player mentioned in the wrap-up will be the high scorer from the winning team. The game's statistical revolution, to this point, hasn't been particularly helpful in that regard. While we can show you in very precise terms how effective somebody like Kevin Martin is at the offensive end, we have very little ammunition to make similar arguments for his teammates like Chuck Hayes or Shane Battier.