2014-2015 Defensive Player of the Year
Anthony Davis (Pelicans) – His defense improved greatly in his second season. He needs to cut down on the fouls and his defense will continue to improve. Averaged almost 3 blocks and 1 steal per game. His team success might hurt him from winning the award.
Joakim Noah (Bulls) – He won this award last year and then got outworked by Nene and Marcin Gortat in the playoffs. He had career numbers last year but he continues to have injury concerns. He had off-season knee surgery and is still working his way into form. The energy on the defensive end will be there but his health might keep him off the court.
DeAndre Jordan (Clippers) – He has come a long way in just one season under Doc Rivers. He led the league in rebounds and was 3rd in blocks. 1 of 2 players with a total of 200 blocks last year. The Clippers were in the middle of the pack in defense last year.
LeBron James (Cavaliers) – He looked slow on the defensive end last year. He had a career low in blocks and his defensive efficiency dropped. So in the off-season he lost weight. He won’t have to carry the offensive load in Cleveland so he will be more focused on the defensive end. He is battling back issues but he will be able to fight through it and fly around the court. Expect a bounce back year on the defensive end for LeBron.
Tyson Chandler (Mavericks) – He was the only defensive minded person on the Knicks last season. After winning this award in his first season with the Knicks he has been banged up. He will have a bounce back year with the Mavericks. He is excited to be back with those guys and Rick Carlisle will have him in position to make plays. He will improve the Mavericks defense dramatically.
Serge Ibaka (Thunder) – He has become a better team and individual defender over the years. He led the league in total blocks last season. His defense will be very important with the absence of Kevin Durant. He will lead the league in total blocks again and be a better on the defensive glass.
Winner: Serge Ibaka
This is the year for Serge Ibaka. He has improved each year on the defensive end. He will be excellent on the weak side and might get more block opportunities with Durant out.