New York Knicks Center Tyson Chandler was named the Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week. There is no player that deserved the honor as much as him.
This award has been a year in the making for
Chandler. He was the main cog in the defense that
slowed down Lebron James and the Miami Heat last season en route to an NBA
title last season for the Dallas Mavericks.
Following that championship run last season,
joined the Knicks this off-season as a free agent. He came to a Knicks team that is not known
for their defense, ranking 22nd in defensive efficiency last season. This season, with Chandler
manning the middle, the Knicks improved to 5th in defensive
efficiency this season.
Interim Head Coach Mike Woodson has, on multiple occasions, said that
Chandler deserved the
award. “He’s done everything to put us
in the position where we are today,” Woodson said last month. “You don’t find very many centers that (are)
committed like he is, don’t have any hidden agendas. You know, it’s not about Tyson Chandler, it’s
always about the team and, you know, that speaks volumes.”