Apr. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) and Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton (31) wait for the rebound during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Knicks' Tyson Chandler wins Defensive Player of the Year award

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler was named the Defensive Player of the Year Wednesday.

Chandler led a change of culture on the Knicks team this year. Last season they were 22nd in defensive efficiency and this year they improved all the way up to fifth with Chandler being the large reason for that.

Chandler averaged 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season and led the league shooting .679 percent from the field.

Chandler’s affect on the defensive end of the court was most evident last year in Dallas especially in the NBA Finals.

Chandler received 45 first-place votes.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka finished second and received 41 first-place votes. Dwight Howard finished third with 18 first-place votes and LeBron James fourth with seven first-place votes.

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