With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Knicks, it’s about time something positive came out concerning our beloved New York team. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tyson Chandler has been named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and will be acknowledged tomorrow at the Knicks’ training facility.
Tyson Chandler finished the season averaging 0.9 steals and 1.9 blocks a game. He played in 62 of the Knicks’ 66 games, despite having an injured wrist for a long stretch of time. He held his opponents to just 27.4% shooting, in isolation situations, which is unreal considering the fact that most of his opponents get the ball 2-4 feet from the hoop.
In three games that the Knicks played the Orlando Magic, Tyson Chandler held Dwight Howard to 9.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. He held Howard to 8 points and 10 rebounds, 12 points and 5 rebounds and 8 points and 8 rebounds. To put that in perspective, Dwight Howard finished the season averaging 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game and Tyson Chandler cut his production in half when facing him.
Tyson Chandler’s a warrior who plays with 110% energy night in and night out, and it’s fantastic that he’s getting awarded the credentials he deserves.