The NBA announced on Monday that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah earned the 2013-14 KIA Defensive Player of the Year Award, voted on by a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters across the league. Noah is the first Bulls player to win the DPOY since Michael Jordan.
As painful as it is to see Noah receive any award, he more than earned it by being one of only three players to average at least double-digit rebounds (11.3 rpg), 1.5 blocks (1.51. bpg) and 1.2 steals (1.24 spg) this year while also anchoring the Bulls' defense which went into the playoffs playing the best defense in the league. That distinction used to be saved for the Indiana Pacers, who still finished as an elite defense despite a late-season swoon.
They were so good early that Roy Hibbert still finished a distant second place in the voting, gathering 8 first place votes and 166 total points, compared to Noah who won with 555 total points with 100 first place votes.
Paul George finished in seventh place with 30 total points, just one point behind LeBron James. There was a time in early January when it appeared Hibbert and PG may be battling it out at the top of the DPOY voting, but yeah...maybe next year.
Top 10 Defensive Player of the Year voting (1st = 5 pts, 2nd = 3 pts, 3rd = 1 pt)
|Player||Team||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||Total Points|
|DeAndre Jordan||L.A. Clippers||8||23||12||121|
|Serge Ibaka||Oklahoma City||2||17||18||79|
|Andre Iguodala||Golden State||1||7||21||47|
|Anthony Davis||New Orleans||1||4||8||25|
|Andrew Bogut||Golden State||1||1||3||11|