The New York Knicks haven’t been on the receiving end of very much good news of late. In fact, most of it has been downright calamitous.
Today, however, something Knick-related can finally be celebrated. Tyson Chandler will be named the NBA’s top defender for the 2012 season.
Yahoo! Sports reports (and the AP also confirmed the award):
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler has won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, a league source said. The Knicks plan to make the announcement official Thursday at their practice facility. Chandler will receive the award Thursday night prior to Game 3 between the Knicks and Miami Heat.
Chandler averaged 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his first season with the Knicks.
Tyson Chandler’s win ends Dwight Howard’s run of consecutive DPOY awards (3).
The Knicks will need Chandler’s extraordinary defense, and then some, to have any hope of extending their first round Playoff series with the Miami Heat. Game 3 tips off at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night.
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