Former Cat Rajon Rondo places 5th in NBA defensive Player of the Year voting

Rajon Rondo - photo by Brian Babineau | NBAE | Getty Images
Rajon Rondo - photo by Brian Babineau | NBAE | Getty Images

point guard finished fourth in the 2009-10 Defensive Player of the Year balloting unveiled Tuesday.  Rondo garnered 55 points while finishing behind Orlando’s Dwight Howard (576 points), Atlanta’s Josh Smith (136), Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace (113), and Cleveland’s LeBron James (61).  Rondo, who led the in steals per game, placed on 25 of 122 ballots cast by sportswriters and broadcasters across the league and earned 1 first-place vote, 13 second-place votes, and 11 third-place votes.

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