New York, NY (Sports Network) - Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has been
named the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Gasol, the first Grizzlies player to win the award, earned 30 first-place
votes and a total of 212 points from a nationwide panel of 121 sportswriters
and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
Miami's LeBron James, who has never won this honor, finished second in the
balloting with 149 points and 18 first-place votes. Serge Ibaka of Oklahoma
City was third in the voting with 122 points after finishing second last year.
Tyson Chandler of the Knicks captured last year's honor and finished 13th this
Gasol averaged 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals to go along with 14.1 points, 7.8
rebounds and 4.0 assists in 80 games this season. He was one of only six
players in the NBA to average at least 1.5 blocks and 1.0 steals, leading a
Grizzlies team that allowed a league-low 88.7 points per game during the
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