New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler was named the NBA Defensive Player Of The Year on Wednesday according to a report from “NBA.com.” Chandler signed with New York as a Free Agent just before the start of the season after helping the Dallas Mavericks win their first NBA Title last June. Chandler was the iron-man of the Knicks front-court this season; as forwards Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire spent time on the sidelines due to injuries.
The center played a big role in keeping the Knicks opponents averaging just 94.8 per contest for the campaign, three points less than New York averaged per game. Chandler was a key part of New York’s recovery from a lackluster start of the campaign to make the Playoffs for the second straight year; by helping to shut down his squad’s opponents.
The Knicks big man received 311 points to clinch this season’s award. He bested Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka who came in second in the voting with 294 points while Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard; who had won the honor the previous three times it was awarded, finished in third place as he received 186 points.