A well-deserved Kia Defensive Player of the Year (2012) Award for Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler’s defensive capabilities helped his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, to secure their first ever NBA playoffs title last season.
After signing the 7 ft 1 inch starting centre, New York Knicks showed dramatic improvement. New York Knicks, who were 27th in NBA opponents’ points per game, now acquired the 11th spot.
It didn’t take Tyson Chandler long to establish himself as the starting New York Knicks’ center. New York Knicks’ weak defenses gave Tyson Chandler plenty of chances to prove he was the cornerstone behind their radical improvement.
The New York Knicks’ interim coach Mike Woodson has also credited his team’s successful season to Tyson Chandler.
“When you talk about building a championship team, it starts in the middle and Tyson has been all of that and some (more),” Mike Woodson declared, “He's the perfect fit in terms of what I look for in a defensive center.”
Now, Tyson Chandler has an award to testify for his impressive defensive skills. The 2011 NBA Champion, Tyson Chandler has finally obtained the Kia Defensive Player of the Year Award. Tyson Chandler’s 45-first place votes and a total of 311 points, from a panel of sports journalists and broadcasters helped him lift this award.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka trailed with 294 points (2nd), while the fan favorite Dwight Howard gathered only 186 points (3rd).
Tyson Chandler was astonished by the results and opined that he always considered a “glamour guy” would nab the award. The humble player was thrilled when he was presented with the DPOY award:
“To be considered the best defensive player in the league this year was just the ultimate for me. As much as I thought about it while I was in the gym every single day training, it's kind of one of those things where that always goes to the glamorous guy. It's been that way my entire career. So to finally get this, it means the world.”
The 29-year-old, Tyson Chandler has produced 11.3 points, 1.4 blocks, 9.9 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game this season.
Tyson Chandler has been in line for this award for a long time. Tyson Chandler did not secure the award in 2011, but he still finished third in the voting session organized by Kia Motors America.
The man who alone covers the defensive breaks for the New York Knicks understands his role in the team. Tyson Chandler knows that he has to step up his game and play a leading role for New York Knicks’ victory.
“You see a guy out there playing hard, going 100 percent every possession, it's kind of hard not to step up to the challenge. That's what I try to do,” explained Tyson Chandler. “I try to give my teammates no excuses because I feel like if I'm going to go out there and I'm going to do it, then (they) can do the exact same thing.”
Mike Woodson was exuberant for Tyson Chandler award. The coach explained that he was very happy with the way Tyson Chandler has taken up the defensive responsibilities upon his shoulders.
“He's a great all around player; he's an even better teammate. To even have an opportunity to coach him is like a dream come true,” exclaimed Woodson.
Tyson Chandler’s recent achievement makes him the first New York Knicks player to be presented with the prestigious DPOY Award.