Early this season, I wrote a response to the annual GM survey, in which not a single NBA General Manager voted for Andre Iguodala as the game's best perimeter defender.
A few months later, I followed up that article with a reminder of how good Andre Iguodala is defensively.
But the bottom line is, Andre Iguodala should be considered at least a top 3 perimeter defender, regardless of who you ask.
Well, today the results for the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year were officially released, with Andre Iguodala finishing seventh, receiving one first place vote. The players ahead of Iguodala (in order): Tyson Chandler, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen. If you count LeBron as a perimeter defender, Iguodala received the third highest amount of votes among the perimeter defenders of the NBA. Win.
He finished eighth last year, but I'm okay with seventh for Iguodala this year. Personally, I would've had him a little higher, but I also think LeBron James – who finished fourth – should have won the award.
Regardless, hooray for a little recognition for Iguodala. In possibly his final season as a Sixer, he made his first All-Star appearance and finished seventh in DPOY voting.