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Bulls C Joakim Noah Named 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year on April 21.

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Bulls C Joakim Noah Named 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Bulls C Joakim Noah Named 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year
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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 

The Bulls' official website issued a press release about Noah's accolade on April 21: 

"The National Basketball Association announced today that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah Joakim Noah was selected the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. Noah is the second Bull to win the award, as he joins Michael Jordan, who won the award in 1987-88. 

"After finishing fourth in last year's balloting, Noah collected 555 of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 out of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States. 

"Indiana's Roy Hibbert (166 points, eight first-place votes) and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan (121 points, eight first-place votes) came in second and third, respectively.

"Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received." 

In a press conference, Noah dedicated the award to his mentor Tyrone Green, who passed away last week, per ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell.

"This is very humbling to be in this situation right now.

"This award goes to somebody who I'll never forget. Somebody who just passed and meant so much to me, who believed in me.

"Mr. Green, I love you and I appreciate you and I know you're smiling down right now really proud. This award goes to you.

"This award is not about me. Even though I get to go home with that weird-looking dude...it's not even a great defensive stance. But this is about our team."  

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau told the team's official website it is a well-deserved honor.

"We are very pleased that Jo has been recognized as the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year. It is a richly-deserved honor. 

"He continues to grow as a player each and every year; he is now a two-time NBA All-Star, as well as NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 

"Most importantly, he is being recognized for his contributions to winning." 

On the other hand, Chicago general manager Gar Forman said Noah is a winner, via the same update.

"Joakim is many things for our team and he has proven to be a terrific competitor, leader and teammate. But what Joakim truly is, is a winner.

"He will be the first to say that this is a team award, but he sets the tone for our defense and I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of such a prestigious individual honor.

"We are all very proud of Joakim and want to congratulate him for being named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year." 

Friedell notes Noah becomes the first Chicago player since Michael Jordan to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award. Jordan won the award in 1988. 

Noah, who thanked several of his teammates during the press conference, is also in the running for the All-NBA First Team, according to the ESPN Chicago update. 

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson says Forman considers the versatile Noah, who will earn a $500,000 bonus for winning the award, to be the best teammate on the Bulls bench in his 16 years with the organization. 

Noah finished sixth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3) and 12th in blocks (1.51). He also averaged 1.24 steals per game, per The Chicago Tribune report. 

He was also at the forefront of a Chicago defense that allowed just 91.8 points during the regular season -- the best in the NBA. 

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