Tyson Chandler will be named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. A year after winning an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, Chandler got a large raise to go play for the New York Knicks, and he's anchored their defense in 2011-12.
Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells @YahooSports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) May 2, 2012
Chandler finished the regular season averaging 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, all up from last season when he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Last season the Knicks were 28th in scoring defense, but with the addition of Chandler to their frontcourt, they've jumped all the way up to 11th in the league in that category this season.