NBA Awards 2012: Tyson Chandler Wins 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award

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NBA Awards 2012: Tyson Chandler Wins 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award
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Among the distractions and injuries that the New York Knicks have endured these past few days, finally some good news has emerged. 

Knicks center Tyson Chandler was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Serge Ibaka, Shawn Marion and the three-time defending champion Dwight Howard

Chandler revived New York’s defense by anchoring a post game that allowed fewer points in the paint (32.3 per game) than any other club. The impact that Chandler’s arrival has made is evident as they ranked 28th in the same category just a season ago. 

The 7-footer was the Knicks' most reliable and consistent player down the stretch, nearly averaging a double-double (11.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG) and shooting a staggering 68 percent from the field. 

Despite being well known for his defensive efforts throughout his career, this is Chandler’s first time winning the award, and he becomes the first Knick in the history of the franchise to be named the league’s best defensive player.

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