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Joakim Noah wins the Defensive Player of the Year award

It wasn’t close and many expected it would be.

noah 2Joakim Noah won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award and deservedly so. Before I thoroughly investigated the numbers I was leaning the way of the L.A. Clipper DeAndre Jordan. But after seeing Noah’s league best defensive rating of 96 and his 1.5 blocks, 1,.3 with 11.5 rebounds I was swayed in my own pick for the award. Here is an excerpt from the official press release:

Noah received 555 of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert (166 points, eight first-place votes) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (121 points, eight first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively.

Check out the entire press conference below:


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