News

Bulls Noah named Defensive Player of the Year

Bulls Noah named Defensive Player of the Year

DEFENSE: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) and Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli celebrate after they beat the Brooklyn Nets. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the National Basketball Association’s defensive player of the year on Monday, the first player from the franchise to earn the award since Michael Jordan in 1988.

Noah, whose father Yannick won the 1983 French Open tennis championship, was the centerpiece of a Chicago defense which held opponents to a league-low 91.8 points per game during the 2013-14 regular season.

The 29-year-old received 555 out of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada.

Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers (with 166 points) and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (121 points) finished second and third in the voting.

Noah averaged career highs of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists during the 2013-14 season, helping the Bulls finish fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 48- 34 record.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Julian Linden)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP491836413688

A look at some of the biggest hits and best scores this week in sports.

in National

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during test flight

virgin

A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has crashed.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

mississippi

A complete look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in National

Making headlines this week

AP15711298271

A look back on some of the biggest newsmakers this week.

in Black Friday, Lifestyle, National

Walmart ups ante on holiday shopping

walmart

Starting Saturday, Walmart will do whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.