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Report: Joakim Noah to be named Defensive Player of the Year

Apr 21, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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Update: Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:

11:21 am: Joakim Noah could finish third in MVP voting, and even though it would be a tremendous accomplishment this season behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James, they don’t hold news conferences for that.

They do, however, hold news conferences for winning Defensive Player of the Year or Sixth Man of the Year. Noah is a legitimate candidate to win the former, and Taj Gibson could win the latter.

It seems one of those two has.

Noah took two of our three hypothetical Defensive Player of the Year first-place votes. Though I had him second behind Roy Hibbert, I nearly voted for Noah. His versatility to defend the interior and perimeter is unmatched, and he definitely finished the season stronger than Hibbert.

None of us picked Taj Gibson for Sixth Man of the Year, but Kurt and I both had him third on our ballots. He’s the best defensive reserve in the league, and he had the best scoring season of his career. He also led the NBA in fourth-quarter minutes, showing just how much Chicago depended on him. Again, although I didn’t pick him, he’d be a perfectly worthy selection.

  1. robertb655 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    No way Taj win 6th man, it always has, and always will go to guys that shoot the three. Sorry Taj, but congrats Noah!

  2. ihavenonickname - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I hope they both get it!

  3. robertb655 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    JR Smith (still laughing), James Harden, Lamar Oden, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry, Manu Ginobili, Leandro Barbosa, Mike Miller, Ben Gordon…. Need I go on? Shoot the three, win sixth man. Congrats Noah

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Meh….or you could just say…..

      “Someone that does more than the occasional mid-range jumper or put-back dunk”

      Everyone you named, you can give them the ball(WITH starters on the floor), and tell them to go get you 2 (or 3) points.

      • robertb655 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Okay, I’ll give you a couple on the list. But JR, Crawford, Terry, Barbosa, Miller, Gordon could never just “create” their own shot. I did not give Harden enough credit as he obviously can, but that’s about it. This is just MY opinion though.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        How can j crossover of all people not create his own shot? He does it nearly every time he gets the ball lol

      • casualcommenter - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        ….Jason Terry (back in his prime) and Jamal Crawford (to this day) absolutely do create their own shot.

        They’ve gotten paid a lot of money in their careers to prop up bench units with their ability to create their own shot…

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Crawford cant create his own shot? Or are you taking the word ‘create’ too literally? Dude is a baller
      Barbosa has always been able to create his own shot, specifically because of his speed when driving and especially in Phoenix
      Ben Gordon was the same way(until he got that fat contract)
      I hear ya though…..I think

      • joeypeepee - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        JR, Crawford, Barbosa, Gordon could ALL create their owns shots.

    • tuberippin - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      and what about Corliss Williamson, Aaron McKie, Antawn Jamison or Rodney Rogers?

    • duhwighthoward - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      @ robertb655, You sir, must be trolling.

      It was just a few years ago that Terry torched LeBron in the finals, and before that Odom was a key player in the Lakers back-to-back championships. Ginobli should have won Finals MVP the year the Spurs beat the Pistons.

      Jamal Crawford is one of the best one-on-one players in the league. Can you name three other players with as much skill (I’m talking finesse, not LeBron, Wade, or Harden smashing his way to the hoop) handling the rock and creating their own shot?

  4. therealhtj - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    How about Thibs for COY?

    • robertb655 - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Thibs all the way!

    • redbaronx - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      @therealhtj – I agree. Thibs keeps losing players and the Bulls just keep winning!

      That might come to an end though vs. the Wizards. The Bulls seemed like they were just lacking in firepower in game 1.

  5. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Both Noah & Gibson should get awards. Both were key for the Bulls this year.

  6. imakcds - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    does the team have to win to be eligible?
    In the most dismal season in Laker history, Nick Young was a Shining Star, a very bright light in a deep dark cave.
    He shot the 3, shot it quite well. either led the whole team in scoring or was a close second. include a personality that kept the team together, he deserves recognition, and will probably get it (elsewhere) after opting out.
    I hated Nick Young’s game before he came to the Lakers.
    I love Nick Young now.
    Good Luck, Nick! Thank you!! I, for one, would like to see you continue in Purple and Gold, can you work it out???
    and I certainly don’t mean to take away from either of the players here, Noah is awesome, sure wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Laker uni (dreaming, I know) and I’ve always respected Taj’s game, I’m happy that he’s finally getting recognized

    • redbaronx - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      @imakcds – Trust me. You haven’t seen enough of Nick Young. He looks good on really bad teams that need him to hoist shots up (see Wizards tenure). Nick Young doesn’t know a shot he shouldn’t take.

      And you’re nominating him for what? 6th Man? Nick Young was a starter, so that doesn’t compute in any case.

      • therealhtj - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        All Nick Young did was put up meaningless stats in a throwaway season that ended up costing the Lakers a few ping pong balls.

        Watching him run around with his chest puffed out after dropping 41 on a Utah team that clearly had no desire to mess up their lottery odds should teach everyone all they need to know about Nick Young. And D’Antoni, but that a whole ‘nother story.

      • redbaronx - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        @therealhtj – Nick Young reminds me a lot of Gilbert Arenas which is no surprise since Nick Young was drafted by the Wizards and adored everything Gilbert Arenas did.

        DC fans had more than enough of him, and I’d be very surprised if the Lakers do more then offer him a one year contract. The only reason anyone would keep him around is for lack of better options.

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        If that’s the case then you should take jamal crawfard out who started a lot through the season due to injury and number got inflated. Nick Young started the year as a starter but was quickly regulated to the bench. He was not a consistent starter.

      • redbaronx - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        unxpexted1 – I think that whole list he put up was bunk! I never would have put up Jamal Crawford, that’s for sure!

        6th Man of the year is a bogus award in any case. I’m more interested in Defensive Player and hands down I’m in Noah’s corner for that one. He single-handedly disrupts the guy he’s guarding as well as the entire opposing team swatting balls and jumping in lanes. He’s a terror!

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Yea i’ve tried to make the same point. He’s the second highest scorer off the bench behind crawford. Just sucks that he was on such a bad team and now is being completely overlooked. Nice saying he should win it but should be up there .

  7. unxpexted1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Would be really nice to see a player like Taj win it. Averages 13 and 7, plays great D, and finishes every game down the stretch. He’s very deserving and would be nice for someone outside a guard to get it.

  8. thundergunxpres - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Even mike miller used to be a guy that could make plays and get his own shot

  9. 13arod - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    another flopper winning an award what a joke

  10. bougin89 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Well deserved award for Noah. He’s more than just a hustle guy, he’s fundamentally a very strong player(other than his crazy jump shot). He’s had an incredible year.

  11. jimthebuilder27 - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Noah is better than Roy Hibbert, he isn’t the one making comments abou selfish teammates, always gives 100% on the floor, rebounds well and is more mobile and better blocker than Hibbert.

    Plus he’s actually fun and a better locker room player. Would love to have him on my team!

  12. purdueman08 - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Jo deserves it. It was his defense and literally carrying this team on his back for a great deal of the season that allowed them to survive into the playoffs. This guy is a defensive monster and I hope to see him in Chicago for many years to come and a couple rings I hope.

  13. antistratfordian - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Poor Roy Hibbert. He was pushing hard for this thing.

    This award is biased towards basket defense. Perimeter defenders probably have to break a few records just to have a chance at consideration, meanwhile a big man like Tyson Chandler or Marc Gasol just has to hope their personal metrics are solid (don’t have to be groundbreaking) and that their team is somewhere near the top in defensive efficiency.

    I have less of a problem with Noah winning the award because he is legitimately versatile. He can come out and defend the perimeter better than some perimeter defenders. But Noah winning this is award for that is why LeBron should’ve won in 2012 over Tyson Chandler (or even last year over Gasol).

    • money2long - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Ah. Lebron should also win a noble peace prize too

  14. tfilarski - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    congrats jo!

  15. fballlvr22 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    I love the commercial of him in slow motion just yelling. Sums up his love for the game.

    • kinggw - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Or how obnoxious he is

  16. duhwighthoward - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Too bad Noah can’t guard Nene.

  17. tmdill18 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    You beat me to it. Was about to say that Nene made Noah look silly last night. Nene beat beat Noah in every way imaginable last night.

  18. rainmaker1982 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    You know the NBA is going down hill when this guy wins DPOTY.

    • bougin89 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      I’m trying to find the sarcasm or joke in this comment.

      Wait, you are joking/being sarcastic right?

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