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Report: Tyson Chandler to be named Defensive Player of Year

May 1, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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Tyson Chandler was considered one of the front runners for Defensive Player of the Year (he would have had my vote), so this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo comes as no surprise.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells YahooSports.

No reason to doubt this is true.

Chandler was the anchor of what became a good defense in New York (even under Mike D’Antoni this season). His ability to control the paint and block or alter shots, covering for sins on the perimeter, let the Knicks get away with playing some questionable defensive lineups. Like any time Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire were paired.

Chandler was the MVP of the Knicks this season and they don’t even make the playoffs without him. He deserves this award.

Expect Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and LeBron James to draw votes and be in the top 5, but Chandler deserves it this year.

  1. thenmoveback - May 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    No center deserves DPY award. There r like 3 good centers in the nba today. 90 % of the time he is covering guys half his size. But the Knicks need some good news because the heat r bring out the broom.

    • cosanostra71 - May 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      there’s more to it than just guarding his own man…. He also protects the rim from slashing guards, among many other things…

  2. thenmoveback - May 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Nothin against Tyson. Just saying the center position had gotten easier over the years with all the skilled positions goin to guard and forwards. Just rather see a guy like rondo, Westbrook, tony Allen or even Kobe bryant win the award. Those guys player killer D and run in circles all game long covering ppl.

    • datkiidjc - May 1, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      did this clown really say kobe ??

    • cosanostra71 - May 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      I’m a huge Lakers fan, but there’s really no way you could say that Kobe sould even be in the top 10 of the voting for this. He’s still an above average defender, but that’s a far cry from DPOY…

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Okay, game on the line. Other team has a great scorer who can create his own shot. He might be 7 ft tall. He might be 6 ft talk. He might be fast. He might be powerful. He might be all of the above. And he ain’t passing.

    You have to pick one guy in the whole league to stop this hypothetical offensive monster. Are you telling me you’re picking Tyson Chandler? I’m not. There’s only one guy who can guard, and shut down, everyone in the league. Everyone.

    He’s the Defensive Player of theYear. Not Tyson Chandler.

  4. thenmoveback - May 2, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    U obviously don’t follow basketball u just watch espn and hate. Real NBA fans know that Kobe is still an elite defender, even with those old legs. Clown

  5. thenmoveback - May 2, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    That’s y I said even Kobe. Just saying I want to see someone other then a big guy win the award. I know Kobe isn’t gonna win it just threw his name in there cuz he is still and elite defender

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Kobe is Top 5, but not DPOY. Chandler and Shumpert should be 1-2 in the voting.

  7. cured76 - May 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    When D12 comes to Brooklyn, he won’t be the best center in town.

    • cured76 - May 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I better qualify that. D12 still won’t be the best center in town, let alone the league. Chandler is a good locker room guy, where Howard clearly is not. Chandler made several teams better as a role player and got Dallas over the hump last year. His price tag is smaller than Dwight’s. He has the same hardware Dwight has, just with that added title ring.

      So yeah, if Dwight decides to go to Brooklyn to be Robin for Deron Williams, he won’t even be the premiere center in his own town.

      Great job, Tyson! A long way from Dominguez high, the Bulls, the Hornets, the Mavs, etc, eh?

  8. ajpurp - May 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Kobe is a good defender but he is not top 5, as your list implies. The rest are arguably in there, Kobe is not. Would make more sense if you threw LeBron in there or Marion, hell even Ibaka (stats wise) because if you watch games you see stats aren’t the whole story. I mean guys like iguodala and shumpert are on the same tier as Kobe defensively. He is not in that top tier this season, he’s still an offensive and clutch wizard but Bynum covers many of his flaws when guys get by him.

  9. max20characters - May 2, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Serge Ibaka?! No?

  10. jordanismyidol - May 2, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Wade should be top 5

  11. adzs93 - May 2, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Thought Ibaka was a shoo in? Don’t get me wrong Chandlers made a big impact for Knicks on the defensive end…but Ibakas been spectacular…thats just my thoughts anyways (expecting thumbs down from the gotham city crowd :D)

    • Kurt Helin - May 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      I don’t really get it, Chandler had a much bigger impact on a much better Knicks defense than Ibaka did for a Thunder defense that was 11th in league (in points given up per possession).

  12. canehouse - May 2, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Not Serge???? BS!!!

  13. slippyal2 - May 2, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    I would of gone with LBJ, he shuts down most teams best option and make life hard for the others. The guy has guarded everyone from D.Rose to Dwight Howard. It’s hard to win DPOY if you are not a center. One guard has won this award in the last 25 years, only two forwards have one it during that time. Congrats to Tyson, he has made Melo try on D, so maybe he deserves it just for that.

    • slippyal2 - May 2, 2012 at 6:24 AM

      Stupid me, forgot that Artest won, that means 3 forwards in the last 24 years. That means a center wont he award 20 out of the the last 24 years.

  14. nokoolaidcowboy - May 2, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Good for him. One the best moves the Knicks have made in years for that position.

  15. captamerica17 - May 2, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    Good for him. Hated to see him leave the Mavs. He WAS the difference for them last season.

  16. gmsingh - May 2, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Can’t LeBron get any love?

  17. jh4prez - May 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Lebron is clearly the best defender in the game and has been for the past three years.its not even really close.the king defends all 5 positions.

  18. jh4prez - May 2, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Bron had 50 blks and was 4th in steals.nobody does that.

  19. gabe0988 - May 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Idk wat people are watching but lebron is shutting down melo day
    In day out he should be dpoy

  20. 11jlacy - May 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Congrats T C wish u was still in new orleans

  21. dirtybird2020 - May 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Kobe isnt even elite anymore, what is everyone talking about hes elite at sending opposing players to the weak side and into help defenders known as the twin towers, what is everyone talking about, he guards rondo during championships which is a cop out and proof hes not a elite defender( i know that sounds crazy), rondo cant shoot if his life depends on it, and rondo still gets his and some change, just the fact the kobe would guard a player who cant shoot is enough for me(but i also respect it too, because fisher isnt gonna be able to guard rondo) if rondo can do what chris paul does kobe would get killed as shown last year when paul single handlely destroyed not just kobe but everyone they put on him, kobe just stays a couple feet back( to stay in front of his man) and if he cant stay in front he trys to cut off angles to send them to the help defenders, i actually commentated kobes defense to my friends who all said the same thing, after the celtics game thwy were like yea you are right, i actually dont just watch basketball i know basketball, dont get me wrong kobe used to be a bad man , i remember when he shut lebron down on a few posessions, i remember when he he used to do the behind the back jordan block and start up the fast break, but kobe is nothing more than a elite at pushing the oppenents into help defenders and a above average defender, with spirts if his old self here and there, watch the games with more than a kobe fanbase mind and keep it real! Top 5 chandler( does more than what this guy said he does) lbj even though i hate him and is dirty, shampert from the knick is beast, and bynum if he stays focused 10 block the other night, and im gonna row with my boy iggudala, bad spelling who cares

  22. slopmcflop - May 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Ibaka is solid, but people buy into the blocks way too much. Ibaka will often chase for a block, leaving an area for someone to cut underneath, or leaving the D susceptible to a quick pass around. He is also not as great as an on ball defender, more of a help defense swat the ball away kinda guy.

    LeBron is the only guy other than Chandler that deserves this award. It’s hard to argue with a guy who can defend 1-5 and puts up as many blocks AND steals as he does. But, like others have pointed out, this tends to be a Center oriented award. Which is fair, I’d say. You think of a center as the last line of defense on a basketball court. He’s the guy closest to the rim, it’s protector. In an NBA where the most ideological and effective offense is one that gets most their baskets at the rim, and the rest from 3’s, you want a guy on the court that can protect the rim from slashing ball handlers. It’s the position with the most blocks, something people buy into as a huge defensive stat (even though it can be misleading). I think we’ll see a shift away from this “center” mindset when considering DPOY in the future, but it’s just the way it is at this point in time.

    That being said, Chandler is a perfect defender. He can defend one on one, posted up, diving underneath a screen, chasing a ball handler away from the screen, rotates and plays help D nearly perfectly, etc. He is LeBron like in his ability to adequately defend almost every situation. Is there any question as to his impact on Dallas last year and the Knicks this year? I mean, the Knicks (!) had a good defense this year! Think about that! And a huge chunk of it had to do with Chandler. Let’s not take credit from where it’s due.

  23. asuthyo - May 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I have no problem with Chandler winning the award. He changed the defensive culture in NY. The only problem I have is with people even mentioning Ibaka’s name in this conversation. He is a great shot blocker! But, that’s it. He isn’t a great man to man defender and he isn’t a good rebounder. Chandler deserves it as much as the next guy.

  24. dirtybird2020 - May 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Haha thats halarious, lbj would get owned by , chandler,marc gasol, howard, dirk(at the 4or5 as seen last year, and most true 5 positiins, just cause he would own a soft bosh dont mean he can guard the center position, that was the joke o the day! He only plays rough with softys, boozer, noah, chandler the younger gasol, randolph, wont take crap from that doosh and throw him to the ground if he tried that rough play, bynum would break him ask beasley

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