Chicago Bulls Center Noah Voted as NBA Defensive Player of YearMason Levinson
Joakim Noah is the first member of the Chicago Bulls voted the National Basketball Association’s Defensive Player of the Year since Michael Jordan in 1988.
Noah, a center on the Bulls team that gave up a league-low 91.8 points per game this season, received 100 of 125 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada, the NBA said yesterday in a news release. With players earning points for first-, second- and third-place votes, he drew 555 of a possible 1,125 points, well in front of runner-up Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, who received eight first-place votes and 166 points.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was third, receiving eight first-place votes and 121 points. He was followed by Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, Golden State’s Andre Iguodala and Miami’s LeBron James.
Noah, 29, ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 11.3 per game, and 11th in blocked shots, with 1.5 per contest. He also had 12.6 points and 1.2 steals per game.