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.