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Joakim Noah runs away with Defensive Player of the Year


I expected a close Defensive Player of the Year race that would go to Joakim Noah over Roy Hibbert.

I was half right.

Noah won the award over Hibbert, but the race was not close.

The Bulls center took 100 of 125 first-place votes to just eight each for Hibbert and DeAndre Jordan. Noah’s 555 total points were as many as the next 12 closest finishers combined. Nobody has won this award in such a rout since Dwight Howard in 2011.

Here are the full results with each players first-place, second-place and third-place votes and total points:

  • Joakim Noah (Chicago): 100-17-4-555
  • Roy Hibbert (Indiana): 8-36-18-166
  • DeAndre Jordan (L.A. Clippers): 8-23-12-121
  • Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City): 2-17-18-79
  • Andre Iguodala (Golden State): 1-7-21-47
  • LeBron James (Miami): 2-5-6-31
  • Paul George (Indiana): 0-5-15-30
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans): 1-4-8-25
  • Dwight Howard (Houston): 1-3-11-25
  • Andrew Bogut (Golden State): 1-1-3-11
  • Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio): 0-3-0-9
  • P.J. Tucker (Phoenix): 1-0-1-6
  • Tim Duncan (San Antonio): 0-1-2-5
  • Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers): 0-1-2-5
  • Trevor Ariza (Washington): 0-1-1-4
  • Marc Gasol (Memphis): 0-1-1-4
  • Patrick Beverley (Houston): 0-0-2-2

I was a bit surprised Jordan came so close to Hibbert. I guess Doc Rivers’ campaigning paid off – thought not as much as Jordan’s hard work to improve defensively.

Iguodala deserved to be higher, but again, Ibaka received a groundswell of support after losing to Marc Gasol last season, and I suspect that carried into this year.

LeBron got votes on reputation, and funny enough for a second-year player, so did Anthony Davis. Davis built a sterling defensive reputation at Kentucky, but in the NBA, his offense has come much more quickly. He has the tools to deserve consideration for this award down the road, but he’s not that yet.

For the most part, this is a pretty solid list  that shows most voters have their act together. However, the two lowest-ranked players to get first-place votes – P.J. Tucker and Andrew Bogut – received the votes from media members in their local markets. That doesn’t make Tucker and Bogut wrong choices, but it at least opens questions about bias.

Overall, there are no truly egregious choices (Tucker’s first-place vote comes closest) – including Noah as the award winner.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.

PBT Extra bold prediction: Is this Andrew Wiggins’ breakout season?

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Minnesota is going to be entertaining to watch this season. A healthy Ricky Rubio (hopefully) dishing at the point, Karl-Anthony Towns is already a high-IQ passer, and bench players such as Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne have shown some skills.

Then there’s Andrew Wiggins. The reigning Rookie of the Year developed quickly last season — particularly his jump shot — and he should make a big leap this season. He’s going to dunk on people and end up in a lot of highlight packages while putting up a lot of points.

Enough to set the Minnesota Timberwolves single game scoring record, currently held at 52 by Mo Williams? That’s the question for this PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.