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Noah Named Defensive Player of Year

Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah has been named the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, according to CSN Chicago.

The Bulls said they will make a “major announcement” at 4 p.m. ET.

Noah anchors the Bulls’ defense, which ranked second in the NBA in efficiency this season. Playing without injured point guard Derrick Rose and trading forward Luol Deng during the season, the Bulls still allowed just 97.8 points per 100 possessions.

Noah, 29, averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals during the regular season.

Chicago, the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, lost its first-round series opener against the No. 5 seed Washington Wizards on Sunday. Game 2 is Tuesday in Chicago.

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