A vow that Magic center Dwight Howard made in training camp will result in him earning the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award today.
Howard will be presented with the award today during a 2 p.m. news conference at RDV Sportsplex after the Magic finish practice.
He led the league in rebounding (13.8 per game) and blocked shots (2.92).
Howard said in training camp that his goal was to lead the league in blocked shots, and he did just that.
Coupled with a successful defense of his rebounding title he first won last season, he became just the the fifth player in league history to do so in the same season. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976), Bill Walton ('77), Hakeem Olajuwon ('90) and Ben Wallace ('02) are the only others to accomplish that feat in the same season.
He becomes the youngest winner of the defensive award in league history. He also became the youngest rebounding champion ever last season and is now the youngest shot-blocking champ at 23 years, 128 days.