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Tyson Chandler is the 2011-12 Kia Defensive Player of the Year.
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Knicks' Chandler wins Kia Defensive Player of Year

By Official release
Posted May 2 2012 1:53PM - Updated May 2 2012 4:56PM

NEW YORK -- Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks is the recipient of the 2011-12 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, the NBA announced Wednesday. Chandler becomes the first player in franchise history to earn the honor.

Chandler received 311 points, including 45 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka finished second with 294 points and Orlando's Dwight Howard, who had won the award each of the previous three seasons, finished third with 186 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.

With Chandler anchoring the middle, New York's defense improved markedly from the previous season in multiple categories. The Knicks ranked among the top half of the league in several key defensive categories, including opponent turnovers per game (17.0, 2nd), opponent field goal percentage (.442, 10th), and opponent scoring (94.7 ppg, 11th). Opposing teams averaged 22.5 more points and shot .520 from the field when Chandler was not in the lineup. Opponents shot .438 with Chandler in the lineup. In addition, Chandler grabbed 22.1 percent of his team's defensive rebounds when he was on the floor.

As part of its support of the Defensive Player of the Year Award, Kia Motors America will donate a new Kia Sorento CUV on behalf of Chandler to Art for Life Foundation, which focuses on creating programs that help kids who are undergoing physical, emotional or mental crisis to use art as a way of helping them work through and with their illness. Kia Motors will present a brand new Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five

2011-12 year-end award winners as part of the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." Following this season, Kia Motors will have donated a total of 21 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA's prestigious year-end honors began with the 2007-2008 season.

The 2011-12 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award is part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The Kia NBA Performance Awards." The series, currently in its fifth season, is a significant part of the multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors America and the NBA, and also includes the Most Improved Player, Sixth Man, Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards, and this year for the first time, Rookie of the Year. It also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month which are awarded during the regular season. For more information on the "The Kia NBA Performance Awards" visit www.NBA.com/performanceawards.

The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

2011-12 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results

PLAYER TEAM 1st Place (5 Pts) 2nd Place (3 Pts) 3rd Place (1 pt) Total Points
Tyson Chandler New York 45 25 11 311
Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City 41 24 17 294
Dwight Howard Orlando 18 23 27 186
LeBron James Miami 7 19 20 112
Kevin Garnett Boston 2 9 7 44
Tony Allen Memphis 4 3 7 36
Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 1 7 7 33
Shawn Marion Dallas 2 2 1 17
Luol Deng Chicago 1 2 5 16
Josh Smith Atlanta 0 2 3 9
Joakim Noah Chicago 0 2 0 6
Marc Gasol Memphis 0 1 2 5
Chris Paul L.A. Clippers 0 1 2 5
Avery Bradley Boston 0 0 2 2
Mike Conley Memphis 0 0 2 2
Grant Hill Phoenix 0 0 2 2
Iman Shumpert New York 0 0 2 2
Greg Monroe Detroit 0 0 1 1
Dwyane Wade Miami 0 0 1 1
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City 0 0 1 1

All-Time Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Winners

Year Player Team
2011-12 Tyson Chandler New York Knicks
2010-11 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
2009-10 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
2008-09 Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
2007-08 Kevin Garnett Boston Celtics
2006-07 Marcus Camby Denver Nuggets
2005-06 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2004-05 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2003-04 Ron Artest Indiana Pacers
2002-03 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2001-02 Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons
2000-01 Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
1998-99 Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat
1997-98 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
1996-97 Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
1995-96 Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics
1994-95 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets
1993-94 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
1992-93 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
1991-92 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
1990-91 Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons
1989-90 Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons
1988-89 Mark Eaton Utah Jazz
1987-88 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
1986-87 Michael Cooper Los Angeles Lakers
1985-86 Alvin Robertson San Antonio Spurs
1984-85 Mark Eaton Utah Jazz
1983-84 Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks
1982-83 Sidney Moncrief Milwaukee Bucks
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