Bulls center Joakim Noah named 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year

After finishing fourth in last year’s balloting, Noah collected 555 of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 out of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters

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April 21, 2014 -- The National Basketball Association announced today that Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was selected the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Noah is the second Bull to win the award, as he joins Michael Jordan, who won the award in 1987-88.

“Joakim is many things for our team and he has proven to be a terrific competitor, leader and teammate. But what Joakim truly is, is a winner,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He will be the first to say that this is a team award, but he sets the tone for our defense and I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of such a prestigious individual honor. We are all very proud of Joakim and want to congratulate him for being named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year.”

After finishing fourth in last year’s balloting, Noah collected 555 of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 out of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert (166 points, eight first-place votes) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (121 points, eight first-place votes) came in second and third, respectively. 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.

This season, Noah helped the Bulls hold opponents to a league-low 91.8 ppg, while ranking second in the league in opponent field goal percentage (.430). Individually, he ranked sixth in the NBA in defensive rebounds with 618, eighth in defensive boards per game with 7.7 and ninth in blocks with 121. For Noah, it marked the fourth time in his career that he topped 100 blocked shots in a season. He also registered a career-high 99 steals.

“We are very pleased that Jo has been recognized as the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year. It is a richly deserved honor.” said Chicago Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau. “He continues to grow as a player each and every year; he is now a two time NBA All-Star, as well as NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Most importantly, he is being recognized for his contributions to winning.”

Noah tied his career high by appearing in 80 games, as he posted 11.3 rpg (sixth in the NBA), 1.51 blocks (12th) and 1.24 spg. Along with Detroit’s Andre Drummond and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, he was one of only three players in the NBA to average at least 10.0 rpg, 1.50 bpg and 1.20 spg. He also ranked fifth in the league in combined blocks and steals with 220.

Noah, selected ninth overall by the Bulls in the First Round of the 2007 NBA Draft, garnered NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2012-13, as well as Second Team accolades in 2010-11. In seven seasons with Chicago, the Bulls big man owns career averages of 9.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.47 bpg and 0.87 spg in 29.8 mpg. He also ranks fourth in franchise history in blocks (700), fifth in blocks per game (1.47) and sixth in defensive rebounds (2,882).