Report: Marc Gasol To Win NBA Defensive Player Of The Year
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Apr 24, 2013
I was just told that Marc Gasol will be named NBA Defensive Player of Year Chris Vernon April 22, 2013 Now, reports are indicating that Marc Gasol, the center of one of the league’s best defenses, will be named the Defensive Player of the Year. Now, reports are indicating that Marc Gasol, the center of one of the league’s best defenses, will be named the Defensive Player of the Year. Tony Allen knows his defense as well, having been named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team last season, and praised his teammate for being honored this year. "That's my man. That's my man, Marc Gasol. "I look at it as the whole team got acknowledged," Gasol said. "I think it's a team effort. It's a team game. There's no way around it. That's how we play basketball. We play as a unit. The Grizzlies were 6.8 points per 100 possessions better defensively when Gasol was on the floor, and were considerably more effective on the defensive glass. Like Tyson Chandler’s DPoY award win from 2011-12, the top vote-getter did not rank amongst the league leaders in blocks and rebounds, as his impact was mostly felt from possession to possession as Gasol consistently chased all manner of guards and forwards, while dominating his man in the pivot most nights out. Memphis became the first team to hold opponents below 90 points per game in a season since 2005-06 when both the Grizzlies and San Antonio accomplished the feat.