Shawn Marion
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Shawn Marion is still wondering why he never won the Defensive Player of the Year award, even though he was considered a defensive specialist.

The closest Marion came to winning the award was in 2006-07 when he finished fourth on the ballot, but he was left off the NBA All-Defensive teams.

“Think about it, though. I never made an all-defensive team. I never was defensive player of the year, which I should have been, couple years, honestly. Defensive player of the year, possibly, I should’ve been, maybe once or twice in my career. But I didn’t get that. All defensive team? I definitely should’ve been all-defensive team, four or five years, easily. Why is that?

I’m not knocking, but how do you justify giving Draymond Green, defensive player of the year?…I guarded way more people than he did. It’s easy to play small ball now and guard people. It’s not hard now,” Marion told Michael Lee of The Athletic.