Marc Gasol named Defensive Player of the Year
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named the top defender in the NBA on Wednesday.
Gasol received 212 points and 30 first-place votes to beat out Miami’s Lebron James , who had 149 points and 18 first-place votes. Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka came in third with 122 points and 14 first-place votes.
Tony Allen, who was also a candidate for defensive player honors, was excited for his teammate saying, “That’s my man. That’s my man, Marc Gasol! I’d rather him get it than anyone else. If somebody else had gotten Defensive Player of the Year, I would have been highly upset,” according to ESPN.
The 28-year-old Spaniard is the first Grizzlies player to earn defensive player of the year honors, reports the Associated Press.
Gasol averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals – one of only six players to do that – for a Grizzlies defense that allowed a league-low 88.7 points per game. He has been the anchor of the league’s best defense, and seems to be an excellent choice for the award.