The Portland Trail Blazers have cashed in on several awards this postseason for their surprising playoff run, but the All-Defensive Team voting has eluded them.
"My goal every year is to be a defensive player of the year. I want to be first team, second team, third team, something like that. I want it to be known that I’m a great defender and I want the league to recognize that."
Aminu's omission is surprising considering he finished with 2.3 Defensive Win Shares, the second highest total of his career.
In fact, Aminu had a higher DWS metric than both Andre Iguodala and Ricky Rubio, both of whom tallied first-team votes. Iguodala had 2.1 DWS, and Rubio had 2.2.
He also had a higher DWS than others receiving votes such as Wesley Matthews (1.8), Harrison Barnes (1.9), Andre Roberson (1.6), Mike Conley (1.1), Luc Mbah a Moute (1.3), and Mike Scott (1.5).
Much of this likely comes from the perception of Portland as a score first, defense later team. While the Blazers finished 20th in the league in points allowed, they finished 14th in opposing field goal percentage, and 5th in opposing 3-point percentage. The points allowed come as a side product of the Blazers' high tempo system.