This is a huge honor
Bulls center Joakim Noah has been named the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.
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CSN Chicago and the Chicago Tribune first reported that Noah will win the award for the first time in his career, joining Michael Jordan (1988) as the only Bulls players to receive the honor. An official announcement is expected on Monday afternoon.
Noah received 555 total points in the voting, surpassing Pacers center Roy Hibbert (166), Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (121), Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (79) and Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (47) to take home the honor. The full voting tally is listed below. First-place votes were worth five points, second-place votes were worth three points and third place votes were worth one point.
The Bulls finished with the league’s second-best defense, posting a 97.8 defensive efficiency rating despite trading away Luol Deng during the middle of the season. Noah was a centerpiece for Chicago on both sides of the ball, helping guide the Bulls to the East’s No. 4 seed after franchise guard Derrick Rose was lost to a knee injury for the second straight season.
The 29-year-old Noah — a 2011 All-Defensive Second Team and a 2013 All-Defensive First Team selection — finished as SI.com’s top pick for Defensive Player of the Year, narrowly edging out Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Noah played a career-high 2,820 minutes this season, averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals and earning selection to his second All-Star
Game. His net rating of +3.9 was among the best in Chicago’s rotation reported by Sports Illustrated.