New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler won the NBA’s 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year Award, but he was not named to the All-Defensive First Team, ESPN.com.
Although Chandler won the highest honor, he was placed second to Dwight Howard as the best defensive center in the NBA. The Orlando Magic center and Thunder’s Serge Ibaka were named as the two front-court players.
In 2010-2011, the Knicks finished 21st in defensive efficiency, a measure of opponents’ points scored per 100 possessions. This season, in Chandler’s first with the team, New York finished fifth in defensive efficiency.
The Knicks improved greatly on that end of the court and it is a mystery as to why he was left on the second team. Chandler made it a goal to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award and his next target maybe the first team.