Trevor Ariza receives little credit in All-Defensive teams voting

Trevor Ariza receives little credit in All-Defensive teams voting
June 2, 2014, 3:00 pm
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As always, there's room for argument when it comes to select teams such as the NBA's first and second All-Defense announced Monday. Chris Paul, Paul George, Andre Igoudala, Serge Ibaka and Joakim Noah made the first team while Patrick Beverley, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Roy Hibbert rounded out the second team.  

It's that "others receiving votes" category that can be the bewildering head-scratcher.

The Wizards' best one-on-one defender, Trevor Ariza, only received five points -- two first-team votes and one second-team vote. John Wall finished with eight points, including one first-team vote for a total seven votes. 

While Wall had stretches of solid defense throughout the season, he had some serious lapses. Ariza was the key on the defensive end for the Wizards, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs, won 44 games and finished with a top 10 scoring defense for the second year in a row.

When the Wizards were struggling to contain D.J. Augustin in a first-round series vs. the Chicago Bulls, Ariza took him out of the equation and they closed in five games.

Playing with the flu, Ariza went into Madison Square Garden on April 4 in a must-win regular season game and held Carmelo Anthony to 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He battled the flu earlier in the season in a home game vs. the Miami Heat, holding LeBron James mostly in check in a 17-point win. 

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In losing to the Indiana Pacers in the second round, Ariza was stellar vs. another elite wing player in Paul George. While George was unstoppable with 39 points in Game 4, Ariza made him a non-factor in most of the others. George finished just 36-for-91 for 39% shooting. 

Ariza's ability to defend the toughest position on the floor coupled with his three-point shooting makes him a valued offseason commodity, and he'll be rewarded with a bump from his $7.7 million salary in 2013-14. 

He's just not valuable enough to get respect among media voting while playing for a team that had no national TV exposure.

Meanwhile, James Harden inexplicably received two votes as did David Lee and Stephen Curry. Again, Harden received votes. Think about that. 

Danny Granger, a role player on the downside of his career who never was an adequate defender in his prime, received a vote, too.