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