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Doris Burke Reveals Award Vote: NBA World Reacts

A candid photo of Doris Burke.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08: ESPN reporter and analyst Doris Burke broadcasts after a preseason game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Los Angeles won 75-69. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The NBA playoffs are just around the corner but the voting on the regular season awards is coming up too. For ESPN NBA analyst Doris Burke, one player gets her vote for a big award.

This week Burke revealed that she voted Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart as her NBA Defensive Player of the Year. She explained that she believes a perimeter defender like Smart deserves his due and that he's the best defensive player on the best defensive team.

"It is a perimeter based game. And for far too long we have not given those grinders, the Mikal Bridges and Marcus Smarts, their due," Burke said. "I said I'm going to give the best defensive player on the best defensive team my vote.”

Smart averaged 12.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game this past season. But he really excelled at stealing, nabbing 119 steals - good for sixth in the league.

Tons of NBA fans have taken to Twitter to express agreement with Burke on her take. Though it was hardly unanimous, even some fans who disagreed acknowledged that she had a point:

Marcus Smart's defensive prowess will be put to the biggest test this weekend though. His Boston Celtics take on the high-octane Brooklyn Nets in a rematch of last year's First Round.

Boston dominated Brooklyn during the regular season. We'll see if they can continue that trend and avenge last year's early playoff exit.

Does Marcus Smart deserve Defensive Player of the Year?